Tehran, 15 July 2022: Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment of Iran, Ali Salajegheh, offered Iran’s readiness to share its environmental experience with the regional states, including Armenia

Salajegheh made the remarks in a meeting with the Armenian Minister of Environment, Hakob Simidyan.

Referring to Iran-Armenia historical and cultural commonalities, Salajegheh said “We believe that the language difference cannot separate the two nations.”

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He described environmental pollutants as the cause of human suffering. He said, “I hope we will overcome the challenges of environmental pollutants with the cooperation of the parties.”

Salajegheh also pointed to Iran’s valuable experiences in facing environmental challenges. He also announced Iran’s readiness to transfer its experience to the regional countries, including Armenia.

Meanwhile, Simidyan referred to the extensive cooperation between Iran and Armenia in various fields. He expressed Armenia’s interest in developing environmental cooperation.

Simidyan also talked about Armenia’s determination to take necessary measures to improve Aras river water conditions.

Armenia-Iran Relations

Despite religious and ideological differences, relations between the two states remain extensively cordial and both are strategic partners in the region. Armenia and Iran are both neighboring countries and thus share a common land border that is 44 kilometers in length.

The two nations share their history and culture to a large extent due to their directly interactive relationship going back for thousands of years, starting with the ancient Median Empire.

Trade relations continue to be strong between the two nations, and the trade volume between the two countries stood at 400$ million in 2015.

Due to the two nations’ intertwined history, the Armenians have a native presence in what is present-day northwestern Iran for millennia. The Armenian minority in Iran is one of the biggest and oldest Armenian communities in the world outside Armenia.