By Hrach Melkumian
TEHRAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia and Iran pledged to give a new boost to the development of their economic ties as Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian paid a three-day visit to the Islamic Republic starting on October 25.
While meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, Sargsian reiterated the Armenian president’s invitation to Iran’s leader to visit Yerevan.
Sargsian stressed that his visit would “give a fresh impetus” to Armenian-Iranian economic ties which he said still did not match the high level of political relations the two neighboring states have.
According to a report by the Armenian government’s press office, during the meeting Iran’s leader stressed that there are “no restrictions” for raising the quality of economic ties and bringing them to the level of political relations and that Iran is “ready to assist in all initiatives.”
Reports from Tehran’s official media quoted Ahmadinejad as saying that “regional states are capable of meeting all their needs and safeguarding security of the region through expansion of bilateral ties.”