TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hoped that relations with neighboring Armenia would grow considering the two neighbors’ close bonds and their potential.

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Rouhani on Saturday sent separate messages to Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to congratulate the Caucasus country’s Independence Day.

In the messages, the Iranian president expressed hope that Tehran and Yerevan would enhance relations in all fields considering the deep cultural and historical bonds between the two nations, their great capacities, and the political will of their senior authorities.

He also wished welfare and prosperity for the people of Armenia.

In February, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinian paid a visit to Iran and held a meeting with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

In the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei hailed Armenia as a good neighbor of Iran, stressing that the two nations should maintain friendly ties despite the US plots.

“Contrary to what the US desires, the ties between Iran and Armenia should be strong, persistent and friendly,” the Leader underscored.

Ayatollah Khamenei also described increased cooperation and friendly relations as a duty to be conducted in favor of common interests of Iran and Armenia, saying, “Of course, the US is completely unreliable and always tries to cause sedition, corruption, conflict and war; they are against the relations between Iran and Armenia and they oppose the interests of the nations. However, in response, we need to strengthen our relations and cooperation.”

Highlighting the friendly relations of Iran and Armenia throughout history, the Leader went on to say, “Iran and Armenia have never had any problems with each other. According to our Islamic teachings, we deem ourselves obliged to behave well toward our neighboring countries; even though the US officials, such as John Bolton, have no understanding of such matters or of human relations.”