Starting wars, escalating divisions benefit no Middle East country: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of the adverse consequences of starting wars and escalating conflicts in the Middle East, urging all regional countries to make an effort to establish sustainable peace and stability.
“[Launching] wars and the intensifying regional divisions will not be beneficial to any country and all regional governments must try to establish lasting peace and tranquility,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in Tehran on Tuesday.
He pointed to the current situation in some crisis-hit regional countries, including Syria, Yemen and Iraq, and said the settlement of the issues in these states would benefit the entire region.
Iran and Armenia enjoy common stances on regional and international developments and can boost cooperation to solve the current crises in the region, he added.
The Iranian president described as positive cooperation with Yerevan and said, “Iran is determined to expand cooperation and cordial relations with neighboring countries such as Armenia and sets no limitation in this regard.”
Rouhani stressed making use of both countries' capabilities to improve trade and economic cooperation and serve the two nations’ interests.
The Armenian premier, for his part, said Iran’s balanced positions on regional issues guarantee greater peace and stability in the region.
Karapetyan called on Tehran and Yerevan to utilize their potential to strengthen trade and economic cooperation.
The Armenian prime minister arrived in Tehran on Monday at the head of a delegation to hold talks with Iranian officials. He held a meeting and a joint press conference with Iran's First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.
Three memorandums of understanding were signed between the two countries focusing on cooperation in the areas of veterinary medicine and livestock health, bilateral exchange in the area of art and culture, as well as science and technology.