0612 GMT October 17, 2021
Raeisi made the remarks in separate messages on Tuesday to Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to congratulate the neighboring country's Independence Day, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Celebrated annually on September 21, the occasion marks the vote in a referendum by the people of Armenia to proclaim independence from the Soviet Union on the same date in 1991.
In his message to the Armenian premier, the Iranian president hailed the mutually constructive relations between Tehran and Yerevan that have grown quantitatively and qualitatively in recent years.
He also noted that the two neighbors’ ample capacities and the new regional and international conditions necessitate the promotion of mutual ties, stepped up efforts to implement the previous bilateral agreements, exploration of avenues for interaction and strengthening of bonds in different areas.
Raeisi also noted that the new governments in Iran and Armenia can make remarkable achievements in the new era, contribute to regional security and stability and safeguard the two friendly nations’ interests.
The Iranian president held a meeting with the prime minister of Armenia on September 17 on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tajikistan.
Stressing the need to increase the current level of trade between Iran and Armenia, Raeisi said, “The formation of specialized task forces for addressing economic issues, including in the fields of energy exchanges, transportation, implementation of joint production projects and financial exchanges, can be a suitable stimulus and a turning point in improving the level of interactions between the two countries.”
The Armenian premier also welcomed the development of relations with neighbors as one of the principles of his country's foreign policy, and described Iran’s role in regional relations as very constructive.
He added Tehran has always contributed to regional stability, saying, “We welcome Iran's initiatives to resolve regional issues."