Iran, US, announce agreement to hold 2nd round of talks - Mottaki
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Yerevan, July 20, IRNA
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki re-confirmed here Friday afternoon that in response to Iraqi officials' request, Iran and US have agreed to hold a second round of talks on security in Iraq.
According to IRNA's dispatched reporter to Armenia, Mottaki made the comment during a joint press conference with the Armenian head of the two countries' Joint Economic Commission, reiterating, "Diplomats are surveying to find an appropriate date for the talks, that would be publicly announced in near future."
The Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan, too, in response to IRNA's question regarding his country's position about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, said, "We have many times repeated that Yerevan respects the Iranian nation's will to have access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes."
He further emphasized, "Armenia's position in that respect has remained unchanged."
The Armenian Energy Minister in response to IRNA's other question regarding possibility of Tehran-Yerevan nuclear cooperation, said, "We do not think there is any obstacle in the way of having nuclear cooperation with Iran, and the two sides can discuss the matter if it is to their mutual interest."
An Armenian reporter asked Mottaki's viewpoint on opposition expressed by temporary US charge d'Affaires in Yerevan about growing Iran-Armenia relations.
The Iranian FM answered, "Our relations will cause any harm for any third country, and they are only aimed at serving the interests of the two countries," adding, "therefore, no third country should allow itself to interfere in Tehran-Yerevan relation."
In response to another question on possibility of Iran's cooperation with Armenia for construction of that country's second nuclear rector, Mottaki said, "Our economic relations with Armenia are very broad and any proposal from Yerevan would be thoroughly surveyed."
The same reporter asked Mottaki whether that means Iran is ready for offering Armenia financial assistance for construction of its second reactor? Mottaki said, "That could be one interpretation, but from my point of the view, since our Armenian friends have made no request, they probably face no financial problems either." A reporter asked about the date of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad's official visit of Armenia. He replied, "The Iranian President's visit is in current year schedule of the two countries' officials, but its exact date would be announced after the diplomatic negotiations on the matter would be finalized."
He evaluated the outcome of the two countries' Seventh Joint Economic Commission as very fruitful, announcing that during the next two months the two sides' talks on free trade, too, would be finalized.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said, "In that respect our first step would be more than doubling the volume of bilateral trade to some five hundred million dollars."
Mottaki added, "We believe we would have around the same amount of exports in form of technical and engineering services, and therefore the total volume of the two countries' trades and service transactions would be around one billion US dollars."
He referred to the establishment of a trade mall in Yerevan, the establishment of joint investment and business firms and the construction of the third power transfer line as some of the reached agreements between the two countries, adding, "The two countries' officials are determined to have long-term infrastructure ties."
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