On May 11, the delegation led by the Minister of Environment Hakob Simidyan received the delegation led by the Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrabian.
“It is very important for all of us that after a long break of about two years due to Covid-19, we can resume the joint work of our two countries with mutual visits, to give a more effective process to the existing ones.
Today's meeting is unique in that it takes place in the 30th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Armenian-Iranian relations have a centuries-old history․ We are not only neighboring countries, but also friendly nations. The Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have a high level of cooperation in many fields, in particular, trade, energy, transport, road construction and agriculture.
I am glad that during your visit to Yerevan the 17th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between Iran and Armenia, which is held annually in each other's capitals, will be convened in Yerevan, which once again proves the mutual friendly relations between our countries and the readiness to work together in the widest cooperation package.
I am glad that a long-prepared memorandum will be signed during the meeting of the intergovernmental commission, by which we can define and develop new directions of cooperation in the field of environment,” welcoming Mr. Ali Akbar, said Minister Hakob Simidyan.
Expressing gratitude for the reception, the Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrabian also referred to the Armenian-Iranian friendly relations and stated that there has always been a warm friendship and peaceful coexistence between Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
During the meeting, the parties touched upon issues of mutual interest in the field of environment.
In particular, issues of water sector, specially protected areas, biodiversity, and eco-tourism were discussed. The successes of the effective joint work on the Araks border river in recent months were discussed, and the parties expressed their readiness to continue cooperation in all environmental areas.
Simidyan expressed hope that the governments of our two countries show the necessary political will and coherence to develop our interstate relations in various spheres, that this visit will be a stimulus for strengthening Armenian-Iranian ties, expanding the agenda of issues of mutual interest in the field of environment and for the implementation of new joint programs.