TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandyan, exchanged views about a range of issues, including ways to boost bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

In their meeting held in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Tuesday, Zarif hailed the relations between Iran and Armenia as “age-old” and stressed the need for further efforts to deepen the ties in political and economic areas.

He also called for closer Tehran-Yerevan cooperation in the areas of oil, gas, electricity, and transit, and stressed the necessity to facilitate transportation and eliminate problems facing the companies of the two countries for cooperation.

The Armenian foreign minister, for his part, hailed bilateral relations between the two countries as growing and said that his country is ready to boost the relations with the Islamic Republic in all areas, economy in particular.

After the meeting, Zarif participated in a joint business forum of the two countries in Yerevan and delivered a speech at the event.

Heading a high-ranking delegation of diplomats and businessmen from the country’s private sector, Zarif arrived in Armenia on Tuesday at the official invitation of Nalbandyan.

In December, in a high-profile meeting in Yerevan attended by the presidents of the two countries, ranking officials from Iran and Armenia signed five documents, including an agreement on using a joint border crossing linking Iran’s Norduz to Armenia’s Meghri.