Armenian President Armen Sargsyan held talks with a colleague from Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who arrived in Yerevan to attend an expanded meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
As ArmInfo was informed in the press service of the President of Armenia, during the meeting, Sargsyan stated that Rouhani's visit to Yerevan was taking place at an interesting moment, but the two countries have experienced many such interesting moments together for millennia.
In turn, Rouhani noted that, fortunately, close and close relations have developed between Armenia and Iran over the centuries. "I'm immensely glad that today Armenia is chairing an important event, and I am his guest, "said the Iranian president.
After a one-on-one meeting, the Sargsyan-Rouhani meeting continued in an expanded format, with the participation of delegations, during which the Armenian leader stated that there was a serious untapped potential in the Armenian-Iranian relations. At the same time, he added that the apparatus of the President of Armenia is ready to contribute to the deepening and expansion of the and centuries-old relations.
In this regard, Rouhani emphasized once again that on October 1, Armenia will chair an important event, which will be attended by heads of regional states and beyond
"I'm immensely glad about the existing friendly and good-neighborly relations that have developed between Armenia and Iran today. The Eurasian Economic Union will bring these relations even closer. In about a month, we will enter the stage of establishing practical relations with the EAEU. Of course, this cooperation can further strengthen our trade and economic relations, "the Iranian president emphasized, while expressing the hope that the Yerevan EAEU summit will not only strengthen cooperation between the countries- fiefs Union integration, but also an increasing convergence of cooperation with Armenia. At the meeting, an exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda. The Presidents of Armenia and Iran agreed on the presence of serious untapped potential in bilateral relations. It was also pointed out that the liberalization of the visa regime contributed to the development of both bilateral relations and tourism. In the development of trade and economic relations, the presidents pointed out the importance of the effective functioning of the free trade zone.
Pointing out that Armenia has significant potential in the field of clean energy, Sargsyan assured that cooperation in the energy sector could be much broader, suggesting that more attention be paid to this area, especially given the success of Iran in the field of solar energy. Touching upon the transport sector, the President of Armenia expressed his conviction that the modernization of the road connecting the two countries will significantly increase transportation. Note that before flying to Yerevan, Rouhani said that Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will launch a free trade zone from October 27. At the same time, Rouhani recalled that after the interim agreement with the EAEU, more than 500 Iranian items of goods will be able to use special preferential terms. According to him, the country joins the regional economic union, and this is a very important step in the conditions when the United States continues the policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran.