Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian called for the further expansion of bilateral ties, and underlined the need for the removal of the problems facing Iranian businessmen and prisoners in that country.
"I hope that the problems of Iranian businessmen and prisoners in Armenia will be resolved," Zarif said during the meeting in the Armenian capital on Tuesday night.
The Iranian foreign minister hoped for the greater presence of Iranian traders in Armenia's market
Zarif underlined that Iran prioritizes expansion of relations with its neighbors, and said, "Iran and Armenia have age-old relations and the Iranian nation has always had intimate relations with the Armenian expatriates in Iran and across the world."
The Iranian foreign minister, meantime, pointed to cooperation among Iran, Russia and Armenia in the construction of a railway network between the two countries, and said, "I hope that the executive works of this project will be expedited."
The Armenian foreign minister, for his part, underlined that his country deems the broadening of ties with Iran as highly important, and said, "The bilateral meetings between the two countries' senior officials have been very constructive and effective."
Nalbandian pointed to different projects implemented by the two countries, and said, "I hope that the problems in this regard will be removed."
Zarif arrived in Yerevan on Monday to confer on the latest developments in the region and explore new ways for the promotion of bilateral relations.
Zarif’s two-day visit to Armenia took place at the formal invitation of his Armenian counterpart.
The Iranian top diplomat and his accompanying delegation met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Nalbandian and Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
Iran and Armenia have taken major strides towards widening and deepening of their relations in recent years, particularly in the economic sector.