Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Armenian counterpart Ara Aivazian called for closer cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan for addressing new regional challenges, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Zarif and Aivazian emphasized the importance of increasing the contacts and dialogue at various levels between the two neighbors.
The Iranian foreign minister also offered condolences to Armenia and expressed solidarity with the country’s people after hundreds of Armenians lost their lives in a recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Azerbaijan and Armenia reached a cease-fire, brokered by Russia, in November to end the war in the disputed region.
Iran welcomed the agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease and offered to help establish lasting peace.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Iran hoped the agreement would “lead to final arrangements to establish sustainable peace in the Caucasus region”.
Iran, which shares borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, had offered to mediate between the two countries and put forward a specific peace initiative to end the conflict.
Nagorno-Karabakh broke from Azerbaijan’s control in a war after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union that left some 30,000 people dead.
The region declared independence but it was never recognized by any country, including Armenia, which strongly backs the ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan.
The peace accord signed on November 9 was reached after six weeks of fighting that saw Azerbaijan’s Army overwhelm Armenian-backed forces.