Iran, Armenia Take Major Step toward Visa-Free Travel

Iran, Armenia Take Major Step toward Visa-Free Travel

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran and Armenia on Tuesday took a big step toward lifting visa requirements for travelers from the two countries with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on consular affairs.

The MoU was signed at the end of the 10th session of Iran-Armenia joint consular meeting held in Tehran between the heads of the consular departments of the foreign ministries of the two neighboring countries, Ali Chegeni and Vladimir Karmirshalyan.

During the two-day meeting, the two diplomats exchanged views about ways to promote Tehran-Yerevan relations in diverse areas.

The extradition of criminals, providing legal aid, increasing facilities for merchants, investors, tourists, students and artists were among other issues raised in the session.

Earlier in a Monday meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates' Affairs Hassan Qashqavi in Tehran, Karmirshalyan had voiced his country’s determination to further develop cooperation with the Islamic Republic in various areas.

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

In May 2014, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian called for the expansion of trade ties with Armenia, saying the private sectors of the two countries can contribute to enhanced economic cooperation.

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