In the meeting, President Khatami referred to historical ties between the two countries and highlighted the role of Iran and Armenia in the region. He termed interaction between the two countries as interaction between two histories and two nations that have played an effective role in the formation of human civilization.
The two sides' security, stability and developments are interrelated and for this reason "We should broaden our ties more than ever before," he said.
Voicing satisfaction with expansion and deepening of all-out relations between the two countries, he said "I hope to witness further promotion of mutual relations in economic, cultural and political areas."
Referring to growing trend of bilateral cooperation in gas, electricity and transportation fields, he voiced Tehran's readiness to further broaden cooperation with Yerevan in petrochemical, auto manufacturing and agricultural machinery fields and said such cooperation would foster bilateral relations and meet the interests of the whole region.
"Our region is very sensitive and there is no alternative but to jointly shoulder responsibility for the development and stability of the region," he said.
Regional countries share ample commonalties which could help remove existing problems and thwart probable dangers, he said.
The Armenian president, for his part, termed the two sides relations as very close and all opportunities should be seized for broadening of mutual ties.
The Islamic Republic of Iran plays a very significant and unique role in the region, he said adding that Yerevan welcomes expansion of cooperation with Tehran, he said.
Expressing satisfaction with the presence of high ranking Iranian delegation in Armenia, he expressed the hope that it would bear fruitful results and lead to consolidation of mutual cooperation.
Calling for timely implementation of agreements signed by the two sides, he said "the nature of existing cooperation has influenced our relations as well as the whole region."
Meanwhile, the heads of Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission who were present in the meeting expressed their views on the fifth commission session and discussed prospects of mutual cooperation in the fields of energy, transportation, agriculture, border trade and culture.
Prior to the meeting, the two presidents in a private meeting, discussed mutual relations as well as regional and international developments.
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