ARMENIAN-IRANIAN YEAR-END MEETING
"All nations should respect Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty"
Iranian President Ahmadinejad leading a high ranking politico-economic delegation paid a one-day official visit to Yerevan yesterday.
The Iranian President had separate meetings with Armenian Parliament Speaker Samvel Nikoyan and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
He had also a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and discussed major topics concerning bilateral, regional, and international issues.
The two presidents emphasized, in a joint statement published on Friday, on the right of all nations to use peaceful nuclear energy.
The statement stressed that all nations should respect Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the international rules and regulations on prohibition of spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
What about the latest development in the Middle East and North Africa, the statement stressed the importance of national unity amongst people and asked regional governments to respect peoples' demands.
"Iran nuclear issue should be resolved through diplomatic approach and it has no solution other than diplomatic negotiation," it said.
The joint statement of Ahmadinejad and Sargsyan continued that " Iran and Armenia are ready for cooperation in the battle against organized crimes and international terrorism; Tehran and Yerevan are determined to expand bilateral relations in various fields including development of peace and security in the region.
It underscored the execution of all agreements between the two countries in the near future.
"Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan should be resolute in peaceful ways based on International rules and regulations," the statement noted.
Iran and Armenia singed five letters of understanding during the official visit of Iranian delegation led by President Ahmadinejad to Yerevan on Friday.
Yerevan and Tehran MoUs cover various fields of cooperation including the construction of hydroelectric power plants on Aras dam, cooperation between the Institute for Standards and Industrial Research of Iran and the Armenian National Institute for Standards as well as cooperation in the fields of social welfare, employment and environment protection.
The Presidents on Friday held first round of talks on major topics concerning bilateral, regional, and international issues.
President Ahmadinejad's visit to Armenia takes place upon an invitation by Armenian President Sargsyan and in line with expansion of bilateral ties between two countries.
Supply of oil products to Armenia and construction of railways are among main topics of discussion during the Iranian Presidnet's one-day visit to Yerevan.
Trade stood at USD 270 million in 2010 between the two countries. The figure rose up to USD 300 million in 2011.
Over the past 20 years, energy sector has played an important role in Iran-Armenia trade relations.
Relations between Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran remain extremely cordial and both Armenia and Iran are strategic partners in the region. Armenia and Iran enjoy cultural and historical ties that go back thousands of years. There are no border disputes between the two countries and the Christian Armenian minority in Iran enjoys official recognition.
In July, 2007, a memorandum was signed on the start of feasibility studies on the ideas of building an Armenian-Iranian railway and a Russian-owned oil refinery that would process Iranian crude.
The Armenian government is building a second, bigger highway leading to the Iranian border in the hope of boosting trade with Iran, IRNA news reports.
The two countries have reached a preliminary agreement to make joint TV serials. The joint venture would portray the social and cultural life of Iran and Armenia and expand cinematic ties between the two countries.
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- 1952 Death of Anton Gazeli, writer and publicist.
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