Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian was received on Wednesday by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the Honourable Ayatollah Khamenei.
During this meeting, the Supreme Leader described the relations between Tehran and Yerevan as good and historic, before stressing the need to increase the level of trade between Iran and Armenia.
“Contrary to the wishes of the Americans, Iranian-Armenian relations must remain friendly, solid and constant,” said the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Referring to the very good relations between Iranians and their Armenian fellow citizens and the sacrifices of Armenian families during Saddam Hussein’s Iraq war (1980-1988), the Honourable Ayatollah Khamenei said: “I visited the families of Armenian martyrs in Tehran and we are proud of the devotion and sacrifice of our Armenian martyrs and those of our Muslim martyrs. »
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution insisted on the development of Iranian-Armenian cooperation within the framework of the common interests of both countries before declaring: “American leaders are not at all trustworthy and they sow division, conflict and war everywhere. They are also opposed to deepening relations between Iran and Armenia, but we have a duty to consolidate our cooperation despite their opposition. »
Recalling the historic relationship between Iran and Armenia, the Honourable Ayatollah Khamenei said that in accordance with the teachings of Islam, Iran was keen to respect its neighbours by stressing that senior officials in the US administration, such as John Bolton, the US President’s National Security Advisor, had no consideration for human relations.
In another part of his remarks, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that the settlement of disputes around the Nagorno-Karabakh region would require direct and constant discussions between the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities, stressing that Tehran was ready to assist both sides on this conflict.
During this meeting, which was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rohani, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian said that his negotiations in Tehran had led to constructive agreements between the two countries.