Tehran: Iran, Armenia review mutual cooperation, regional developmen

Iran, Armenia review mutual cooperation, regional developments

IRNA, Iran
February 8, 2005 Tuesday 4:40 PM EST

Tehran, February 08 — Visiting Armenian National Security Council
Secretary Serzh Sarkisian conferred here Tuesday with the Chairman
of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on issues of
mutual interests.

According to the Public Relations Department of the Expediency Council,
at the meeting, Rafsanjani underlined the importance of North-South
Corridor and said the highway will play a key role in expansion of
ties among Iran`s northern neighbors.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to broaden ties with
neighboring countries, he pointed out.

Iran is determined to mediate to find a solution to the issues of
Karabakh through peaceful means, he said.

Rafsanjani called for expediting the project on gas transfer to

Armenia seeks expansion of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of
Iran, Sarkisian said.

The existing economic, educational and cultural cooperation between
the two countries will become more consolidated than before, ,
he underlined.

Foreign forces seek to interfere in regional issues, but `we try to
deal with the issues through peaceful means and negotiations`, he said.

He expressed his country`s determination to seriously pursue the
project for the transfer of Iranian gas to Armenia and added that
Yerevan calls for further expansion of all-out cooperation with the
Islamic Republic of Iran.