Armenian FM arrives in Iranian capital for talks

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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian is in Tehran for talks with senior Iranian authorities on issues of bilateral and international significance.

Heading a high-ranking political delegation, Nalbandian on Monday arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran, where he is slated to exchange views with Iranian officials on the enhancement of Tehran-Yerevan ties as well as the latest regional and international developments.

The top Armenian diplomat is scheduled to sit down with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and other ranking officials during his stay.

In August 2013, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made an official visit to the Islamic Republic and met with President Rouhani. The two sides stressed the need for the further expansion of Tehran-Yerevan relations in different areas.

Last December, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan also visited the Islamic Republic and held talks with the Iranian foreign minister.

Over the past years, Iran and Armenia have taken major strides towards promoting mutual relations, particularly in the energy sector.

In 2012, Iran exchanged some 481 million cubic meters of gas with the neighboring country’s electricity, the largest amount of barter between Iran and Armenia in six years.

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