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Iran President winds up Armenia visit

Yerevan, Armenia, Oct 23, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wound up his two-day official visit to Armenia and left for Tehran on Tuesday.

During his two-day stay, the Iranian president reviewed further expansion of Tehran-Yerevan relations as well as the latest regional and international developments with his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian.

Four letters of understanding on promotion of bilateral cooperation were inked while a joint statement was issued by the two sides.

The foreign ministers of Iran and Armenia signed a MoU to establish consulates in both countries.

The deputy governor of Central Bank of Armenia and the Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari also inked a MoU on banking cooperation between Iranian and Armenian central banks.

Safari and Head of Armenia Economic Development Agency Davoud Kian signed the third MoU on making joint investments.

Head of Iran Saba Nirou Company and the deputy energy minister of Armenia inked another MoU to construct a wind power plant in Armenian territory.

Ahmadinejad and his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian also signed a joint statement at the end of their negotiations.

President Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at Yerevan University on Monday where he received an honorary PhD and a medal.

Prior to his departure from the Armenian capital city, the Iranian president addressed a large group of Iranians residing in Armenia on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, senior presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi and a number of other senior officials were accompanying President Ahmadinejad in the visit.

Ahmadinejad terms Armenia visit as "good"

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Tuesday termed his two-day visit to Armenia as "good" adding that the two countries will witness boost in all-out bilateral ties in the future.

He made the remark while talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport upon return from his two-day official visit to Armenia.

He said his trip to Armenia took longer than scheduled, adding that his visit was supposed to last for 22 hours but due to some meetings it was prolonged by 1.5 hours.

"Iran and Armenia share identical views regarding regional peace and stability," he said, adding that the two countries believe in settlement of disputes through dialogue.

"Both Tehran and Yerevan are concerned about the latest developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine," the president noted, adding that the two sides are willing to witness materialization of peace, stability and security, particularly in Iraq and Palestine, on the basis of justice.

On Iran-Armenia economic cooperation, he said the two sides stressed importance of following up strategic projects including railways, refineries, gas and electricity transmission lines, transportation, and construction of Aras dam and power plant.

Referring to Tehran-Yerevan relations as "growing and lasting", he said several letters of understanding on expansion of economic, banking, consular, investment, and construction of wind power plants were inked by the two countries' officials.

Issuing a joint statement by the two sides was among other achievements of Armenia visit, he added.

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