Armenian foreign minister meets Iranian president

Armenia Materials 18 December 2006 12:00 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Visiting Armenian Foriegn Minister Vartan Oskonian and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met here Sunday and discussed latest developments in bilateral and regional affairs, reports Trend.

In the meeting, President Ahmadinejad told Armenian Foreign Minister Oskonian that he believed friendly relations with neighboring countries can contribute to peace and security in the region from which regional states can benefit.

According to the Media Department of the President's Office, Ahmadinejad further referred to the two countries' increasing relations and said all available resources should be exploited to realize the potential.

He also underlined implementation of agreements already reached between Iranian and Armenian officials, referring in particular to the pipeline to transfer energy between the two countries dubbed the "Pipeline for Peace, Friendship and Development," which is nearing completion.

Vartan Oskonian, for his part, said that exchange visits by the two countries' officials have had a positive effect on relations.

Underscoring the importance his country attaches to strengthening of mutual ties, he said completion of the Iran-Armenia gas line is vital for Armenia's energy supply.