On March 22, regular political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran were held in Yerevan headed by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia Vahan Kostanyan and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Iran Ali Bagheri Kani.
The interlocutors discussed a wide range of issues of the Armenian-Iranian bilateral political agenda, commended the high level of political dialogue, touched upon the Armenia-Iran cooperation in political, trade-economic and regional security spheres, as well as on multilateral platforms. Views were exchanged on a number of issues of regional and international agenda of mutual interest.
Vahan Kostanyan briefed upon the situation unfolded in the region as a result of Azerbaijan's aggression against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the details of the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting from the blockade of the Lachin corridor since December, 2022. The Deputy Minister also emphasized that the illegal actions, warmongering rhetoric and maximalist stance of the Azerbaijani leadership are seriously undermining the efforts towards achieving peace and stability in the South Caucasus.
Both sides highlighted the importance of deepening and strengthening spiritual-cultural ties between the two countries. In this regard, the Deputy Minister briefed his Iranian counterpart on Azerbaijan's groundless attempts to artificially manipulate the religious factor on various platforms.
Following the consultations, Ali Bagheri Kani was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan. Both sides commended the high level of political dialogue between Armenia and Iran, highlighting the importance of regular political consultations in this context. A number of issues of bilateral agenda and the latest developments of the security situation in the region were discussed.