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16:54 | 2009-03-13

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Mottaki: Presidents of Iran, Armenia Initiators of Fresh Bilateral Ties

Tehran (FNA)- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday that presidents of Iran and Armenia were initiators of a fresh round of ties between the two countries.

The Iranian top diplomat made the remark during a joint press conference following a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

He highlighted the role of the presidents of the two countries in the past four years in constructing a new phase in bilateral relations and, pointing to the old and friendly relations always existing between the two nations, said Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had invited his Armenian counterpart to visit Iran to further expand existing relations.

Saying that he had mainly focused on energy and communications while discussing a wide range of issues in his meeting with Nalbandian, he said given the high potentials of both countries, the present level of Iran-Armenia relations needed to be significantly promoted in the future.

The Armenian foreign minister, too, said he had discussed issues of mutual interest as well as the most important regional and international topics with Mottaki and expressed satisfaction over the friendly and positive atmosphere prevailing over talks between the two countries' officials.

Mottaki arrived in Yerevan on Thursday for a two-day visit. He has so far met with Armenia's president, prime minister, parliament speaker, secretary of national security council and minister of energy and natural resources.

Iran and Armenia have been enjoying a growing trend of ties in the past few years especially in such areas as politics, economy and energy.