ArmInfo. "We hope the upcoming visit of the Iranian President to Armenia will become crucial for bilateral relations," Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Seyyed Sajadi says in an interview with ISNA. ParsToday quotes the diplomat as saying, "Both countries' presidents have stated that there are no obstacles for development of bilateral relations."
When speaking of the bilateral relations following the lifting of sanctions against Iran, Sajadi says that Armenia's commodity turnover with many countries has dropped, however, as compared to other countries, the decline in the Armenia-Iran commodity turnover is insignificant.
He recalled that even during the sanctions the Armenian-Iranian economic and political relations remained at a high level. Ambassador Seyyed Sajadi qualifies Iran as the initiator of the Persian Gulf-Black Sea corridor, and notes that the corridor is being created with participation of Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Azerbaijan. The ambassador expresses hope that the corridor will diversify the transport communications of Europe and Iran.
As regards Iran's stand on the Karabakh peace process, the diplomat noted that Iran is willing to cooperate with the conflicting parties if they want.
To note, according to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in Jan-Dec 2015 the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Iran amounted to $276.4 mln, with a 5.2% decline versus Jan-Dec 2014. Exports made up $78 mln (down 8.2%), with imports totaling $198.4 mln (down 3.9%).