YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia will maintain its close relationship with neighboring Iran despite renewed US sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday, November 20.
“We need to develop relations with Iran very intensively and they must be mutually beneficial,” Pashinyan told reporters, commenting on the impact of the sanctions on Armenian-Iranian ties.
He said he sees “no need to make any changes” in Armenia’s policy towards Iran. “We should not only maintain the good level of our relations but also try to raise them to a new level,” he stressed.
Pashinyan said that the US administration “understands our situation and policy.” Having good relations with the United States is also “very important” to Armenia, he added.
A team of officials from the US state and treasury departments had visited Yerevan the previous week to explain the sanctions re-imposed by President Donald Trump earlier this year to Armenia’s government and private sector. No details of their meetings were made public.
The US Embassy in Yerevan said the “subject matter experts” from the US departments of state and treasury met with senior Armenian government officials as part of Washington’s efforts to “explain US sanctions policy against Iran to governments around the world.”