Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Iran with President Ibrahim Raisi

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Attends Iran President’s Inauguration

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TEHRAN — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Iran on August 8 to meet with the newly-elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ibrahim Raisi. After the official welcoming ceremony at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, the prime minister left for the residence of the President of Iran, where he was welcomed by Raisi.

During the meeting, the Iranian president thanked Pashinyan for accepting the invitation and arriving in Iran on a working visit, adding that Iran attaches importance to the continuous development of relations with Armenia in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.

Pashinyan thanked Raisi for the hospitality and congratulated him on being elected president. He stressed that multilateral cooperation with Iran is of primary importance for Armenia.

“The centuries-old friendship of our two peoples, the close historical and cultural relations are the basis for further development of bilateral cooperation. We are ready to continue our dialogue through joint efforts and further enrich the agenda of bilateral cooperation. The fact that I am here today testifies to our commitment to deepen relations and strengthen cooperation between Armenia and Iran at the highest level,” Pashinyan noted.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Iran with President Ibrahim Raisi

In the context of strengthening bilateral ties, he said he considered the role of the Armenian community of Iran vital and thanked the government of the country for providing all the necessary opportunities to preserve the national identity among the community.

The two leaders discussed a range of issues related to the strengthening of trade and economic ties. In particular, they considered the activity of the Meghri free economic zone and the possibility of applying Iran’s free trade regime with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as a stimulus to develop cooperation in this sphere. The parties considered the development of regional channels a priority, where the development of transport and cable communication from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea will be of key importance.

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Nikol Pashinyan welcomed the Iranian side’s interest in the North-South highway construction program and added that the Armenian government is ready to discuss the participation of Iranian construction companies in the international tender for the Sisian-Meghri section of the above-mentioned project.

Pashinyan and Ebrahim Raisi also touched upon the opportunities for developing cooperation in the energy sector. In particular, the parties discussed the steps taken to start the construction of a 400 kV power transmission line, highlighted the extension of the gas-electricity exchange program, the increase of gas-electricity exchange volumes after the operation of the third high-voltage line.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrives in Iran

Pashinyan praised Iran for trying to bring stability to the Caucasus.

Raisi said that maintaining peace in the region is of key importance for Iran, adding that the Iranian side also considers it necessary to resolve all issues through dialogue.

The two also discussed issues related to the implementation of joint new programs in the fields of healthcare, technology, education, science and culture.

At the end of the meeting, Pashinyan extended an invitation to the Iranian leader, which was accepted.

In the evening Pashinyan took part in Raisi’s official inauguration ceremony.

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