TEHRAN, Nov. 4, 2013 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani renewed Irans support for the role of political dialogue in resolving regional problems and disputes.
Speaking in a meeting with Head of Armenia-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group Galust Sahakyan, Larijani pointed to the regional developments, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always laid emphasis on using negotiations and political dialogue for the settlement of regional problems."
The Iranian parliament speaker pointed to the age-old relations between Tehran and Yerevan, and said, "Expansion of friendly relations between Iran and Armenia, in addition to the consolidation of mutual cooperation, plays an important role in the restoration of peace and stability in the region."
Sahakyan, for his part, voiced satisfaction in the trend of the expansion of the relations between Iran and Armenia, and said, "Expansion of friendly ties between Iran and Armenia, specially in parliamentary fields, will result in the reinvigoration of all-out cooperation between the two sides."
The Armenian lawmaker pointed to the efforts made by Armenia-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group to boost political and economic cooperation between the two countries, and said that Armenian parliament is ready to deepen its friendly ties with the Iranian parliament.
Earlier today, Sahakyan, in a meeting with Chairman of the Iranian Parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Tehran, underscored Irans significant position in the region, and voiced Yerevans will to broaden bilateral ties with Tehran.
"Not only do senior Armenian officials regard the Islamic Republic of Iran as a neighboring country, they view it as their friend and ally in regional and international spheres," pointed out the senior Armenian legislator, and stressed the need for further development of bilateral relations between the two friendly states.
Iran has long taken various diplomatic initiatives to expand its ties with the neighboring states.
In recent years, Iran and its Northern neighbor Armenia have boosted cooperation, signed agreements on energy cooperation and agreed to cooperate in technology and research and to enhance ties in commerce and economy.