Envoy: Armenia Keen to Raise Imports from Iran


Envoy: Armenia Keen to Raise Imports from Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Armenian ambassador to Tehran praised Iran’s industrial advancements, and voiced Yerevan’s willingness to import various products, including petrochemicals, from the Islamic Republic.

“Iran, as an advanced country, can be attractive in terms of its industry and products to the nations around the world, including Armenia,” Grigor Arakelian told the Tasnim News Agency on Sunday.

"Given the fact that Armenia is one of Iran's neighbors, we can witness a close cooperation between the two countries in the area of economy," he added.

The Armenian diplomat went on to say that businesses like car and agricultural industries and the products, on which Iran has a monopoly in the region, are among the capacities of the country that are attractive for the regional and neighboring countries.

He also commented on the obstacles in the way of promoting trade ties between Iran and Armenia and said lack of infrastructure, particularly road and railways, is one of the main problems for the transport of goods between the two countries. 

Arakelian also described Tehran-Yerevan cooperation in recent years as good, and said, “Given Iran’s good capacities in petrochemical industry we are ready to promote cooperation in this area and (to that end) we have also made specific suggestions.”

Iran and Armenia have always enjoyed amicable relations in a whole host of fields.

Back in May, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the expansion of trade ties with Armenia, saying the two countries’ private sectors can contribute to broadening of economic cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan.