YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad cancelled a visit to Armenia just hours before his planned arrival on Monday, May 30, for reasons that were not immediately clear.
The visit was announced by the Iranian government late last month and confirmed by President Serge Sargisian’s office on Saturday, June 4. The latter gave no details of its agenda, though.
In a short statement issued on Monday, the Armenian presidential press service said the trip has been put off “by mutual consent,” adding “it will be undertaken in due course,” without elaboration.
The official Iranian IRNA news agency quoted a spokesman for Ahmadinejad, Mohammad-Hassan Salehi-Maram, as saying that the Armenian side “did not prepare documents” that were due to be signed in Yerevan. The official did not specify what those documents are.
According to another Tehran-based agency, ISNA, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast gave a similar reason for the delay. Mehmanparast expressed confidence that the unspecified documents will be finalized and the Iranian leader will visit Armenia “in the near future.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Armenia enjoy friendly relations and good neighborliness and authorities of the two countries are continuously in contact,” he reportedly said.