TEHRAN, Iran — President Serzh Sargsyan arrived in the Islamic Republic of Iran on August 7 to attend the official inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani.
Later in the day, President Rouhani hosted an official reception in honor of the high-ranking delegations that had arrived in Tehran.
Sargsyan met with President Rouhani, press service of the Armenian president reported.
Rouhani thanked Sargsyan for accepting the invitation and participating in the swearing-in ceremony and went on to stress that Iran highly appreciated the participation of the president of its neighbor Armenia.
Rouhani expressed hope that the Armenian president’s visit would give new impetus to the development and expansion of bilateral relations, taking into account the historical and cultural affinities between the two nations.
Sargsyan noted that 2017 is a landmark year for both Armenia and Iran in terms of political events: Armenia held parliamentary elections according to the reformed Constitution, while the people of Iran elected the head of the executive authority; this year also marks the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which ushers in the modern era in the centuries-old historical ties. In this context, the head of the Armenian state emphasized with satisfaction that the two countries were able to develop and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in all spheres of activity during this period.