Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian emphasized the friendly nature of his country’s relations with Iran and hoped for a new level of cooperation as he congratulated President Hassan Rouhani on winning a second term in office in an election held in the Islamic Republic on May 19.
Rouhani beat his main challenger, conservative ex-prosecutor Ebrahim Raisi in the first round of the election by polling over 50 percent of the vote.
In his congratulatory message to Rouhani, Sarkisian, as quoted by his press office, expressed confidence that during the Iranian president’s tenure “the friendly neighborly Iran will continue to develop upward, bringing its considerable and important contribution to the establishment of regional peace and stability.”
“I am hopeful that through our joint efforts, the traditionally warm and friendly Armenian-Iranian relations will continue to develop and strengthen in all areas, registering a qualitatively new level of cooperation between our peoples,” Sarkisian said.
“I wish you excellent health, success in all your undertakings, and I wish lasting peace and prosperity to the friendly people of Iran,” reads the congratulatory message of the Armenian leader.
Sarkisian and Rouhani discussed ways of deepening economic ties between the two countries when the Iranian president paid a visit to Armenia late last year. Those include cooperation in the energy and transportation spheres as well as a tax-free zone in Armenia for Iranian manufacturing firms.
Sarkisian also praised Iran for its balanced position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.