TEHRAN (Armenpress) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Iran on February 27 and 28, where he met with high officials and Armenian-Iranians. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received Pashinyan at the Saadabad Royal Palace in Tehran.
Rouhani thanked Pashinyan for accepting the invitation and visiting Iran. “Welcome to Iran. I congratulate you on the changes that took place in Armenia that were demonstrated through a democratic way. Our historic relations have always been friendly and we want to further strengthen and develop them. Iran is always willing to have good relations and continue these relations with neighbors, namely with Armenia. I am sure that your visit to Iran will contribute to further developing the bilateral political, economic and humanitarian relations,” Rouhani said.
Pashinyan thanked the Iranian president for the invitation and the warm reception, and said: “Iran is close to our country not only in terms of geography, but also friendly relations, and we’ve had numerous occasions to emphasize the importance of these ties. Highly important changes are taking place in Armenia, which are entirely domestic processes, and no foreign power has been involved in our country’s political processes. This is a principled point for understanding the processes that have taken place. I am sure that new opportunities have opened also in terms of our relations, and we have political will to realize them.”
Pashinyan emphasized that this was his third visit to Iran, the first time coming as a reporter, the second as a lawmaker.
Pashinyan noted the warm attitude toward the Armenian community in Iran.
“This too strengthens our friendly attitude towards Iran. During our one-on-one meeting we discussed important issues, I hope that we will be able to reach the solution of a part of these issues during this visit,” he said.