YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Reza Mozafari Nia discussed military ties between Iran and Armenia during a visit to the capital on Tuesday.
Mozafari Nia met with Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian and his first deputy Davit Tonoyan.
A short statement by the Armenian Defense Ministry said they spoke about “issues related to Armenian-Iranian cooperation in the area of defense.” It did not elaborate.
A ministry source linked the talks with Ohanian’s official visit to Tehran last July. The source said that they focused on the implementation of Armenian-Iranian agreements reached during that trip.
While in Tehran, Ohanian met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and other top Iranian officials. Official Armenian and Iranian sources said that both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening Armenian-Iran ties and stressed their importance for peace in the region.
“Cordial bonds between Iran and Armenia will help maintain peace and stability in the region,” Ohanian said at the time. Few other details of his talks were reported.