May 26, 2021 – 17:46 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – The operation of the Meghri free economic zone in Armenia’s south, as well as the Iran-Nakhichevan-Armenia railway can be very effective for both Armenia and the Islamic Republic, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a meeting with with acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday, May 26.
“A good agreement has been reached. And I hope we will be able to step up the economic activity in Syunik province in the near future. This is the importance we give to bilateral relations,” Zarif said.
“I have had a very strategic dialogue with our Armenian partners; our representative, our negotiator will arrive in Armenia at the first opportunity as a follow-up to the ongoing dialogue. There are many important issues, both bilateral and regional, that need to be addressed. We want peace in this region. And we have always highlighted the principles of territorial integrity, sovereignty, and the peaceful resolution of crises. The Islamic Republic of Iran prioritizes respect for international law.”
On the morning of May 12, the armed forces of Azerbaijan violated the border of Armenia in the southern province of Syunik, advancing 3.5 kilometers and surrounding Sev Lake, which is situated on the border between the two countries but is predominantly a part of Armenia. On May 13, the Azerbaijani military committed more border violations against Armenia, advancing near Vardenis (Gegharkunik province) and Sisian (Syunik province). Oe Armenian serviceman was killed n Azerbaijan’s shooting on Tuesday, May 25.
Pashinyan and Zarif weighed in on a number of issues related to the development of cooperation between the two countries in the field of economy. Continued interaction in the frame of the gas / electricity barter program was discussed during the meeting. In particular, the parties considered it necessary to extend the term of the program, step up the volume of gas and electricity exchanged, implement joint infrastructure projects and expand relations in the fields of education and culture.