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Iran ties among Armenia foreign policy priorities

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan has stressed the importance of his country’s bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying that the enhancement of ties with Tehran is among Yerevan’s top foreign policy priorities.

Sargsyan discussed the development of mutual ties between Iran and Armenia during a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Yerevan Mohammad Ra’eesi on Wednesday.

The two sides also talked about the construction of a hydropower plant in the southern Armenian city of Meghri, a third Armenia-Iran high-voltage power transmission line, and the details of projects for a railroad and an oil pipeline.

Sargsyan stated that the implementation of these projects is of paramount significance to the Armenian government and that Yerevan will spare no effort to bring them online.

Ra’eesi, for his part, said Iran attaches great importance to the promotion of ties with neighboring Armenia.

He further noted that the development of cooperation with Armenia in various spheres, particularly in the fields of energy and the transportation of commodities, is a priority for Iran’s foreign policy.

In a meeting with visiting Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan in Tehran on December 15, 2013, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed the “longstanding” and “friendly” relations between Iran and neighboring Armenia.

“Iran’s new administration attaches special significance to the expansion of ties with neighbors and we are willing to bolster these relations more than before,” said the Iranian top diplomat.