ArmInfo.On November 28, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan received Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif. The sides discussed issues of development of bilateral economic cooperation. As the press service of the Armenian government reports, Karen Karapetyan noted the high level of bilateral relations.
According to the Prime Minister, despite the serious achievements of bilateral cooperation, much remains to be done. According to him, the recorded indicators on foreign trade turnover do not reflect the real potential of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. The Armenian government, as the head of the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers stated, is extremely interested in the development of economic cooperation and is ready for a qualitatively new relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, in turn, noted that he is in solidarity with the Prime Minister of Armenia. "Economic cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Armenia does not correspond to the high level of political dialogue between the two countries," he said, stressing Iran's interest in boosting trade and economic ties.
The interlocutors discussed issues of bilateral cooperation on the FEZ line in Meghri, the launch of which is planned for December this year. The Armenian PM once again stressed that the FEZ can become a profitable platform for the Iranian business in the context of entering the markets of third countries. The sides also touched upon the prospects for cooperation in the energy sector, both in bilateral and multilateral formats.
To note, today at the site of the Armenian-Iranian business forum about 150 entrepreneurs from Iran and Armenia discussed the possibilities of implementing joint programs. At an event organized by the Development Fund of Armenia (DFA), Iranian businessmen were presented with Armenia's business prospects, tax legislation of the country, as well as preferential trade regimes for local business. According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Iran in January-September 2017 increased by 10% to $ 197.5 million. At the same time, exports increased by 9% to $ 62.9 million, and imports - by 10.4% to $ 134.6 million.