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Bilateral Relations



Iran Islamic Republic of

General information

The Islamic Republic of Iran officially recognised the independance of Armenia on the 25th of December, 1991.

A declaration on establishing diplomatic relations between Armenia and Iran was signed in Tehran on the 9th of February, 1992.

On the same day ''The Declaration on Principles and Aims of Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran '' was signed to assure the Parties' intention to establish friendly relations.

The solemn opening ceremony of the Embassy of the Islamic Repulic of Iran took place in Yerevan, in April 1992.

Bahram Ghasemi was appointed as IRI charge d’affaires in Armenia.

In December, 1992, the embassy of the Republic of Armenia was opened in Tehran.

Vahan Baybourdyan was appointed as RA charge d’affaires in Iran.

Grigor Arakelyan is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of RA to the Islamic Republic of Iran since July 7, 2009.

Seyed Ali Saghaeyan is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of IRI to the Republic of Armenia since January 29, 2008.

 

Visits

To Iran

February 1992 Raffi Hovhannisian the Foreign Minister of RA
May 1992 Levon Ter-Petrosyan the President of RA
1994 Levon Ter-Petrosyan the President of RA
1995 Levon Ter-Petrosyan the President of RA
April 1995 Vahan Papazyan the Foreign Minister of RA
May 1995 Hrant Bagratyan the Prime Minister of RA
January 1996 Vahan Papazyan the Foreign Minister of RA
1997 Babken Ararktsyan the Chairman of the National Assembly of RA
January 1997 Alexandr Arzumanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
June 1997 Alexandr Arzumanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
August 1998 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
September 1998 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
December 1999 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
February 2001 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
December 2001 Robert Kocharyan the President of RA
April 2004 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
July 2006 Robert Kocharyan the President of RA
December 2006 Vardan Oskanyan the Foreign Minister of RA
September 2008 Edward Nalbandyan the Foreign Minister of RA
April 2009 Serzh Sargsyan the President of RA
September 2009 Hovik Abrahamyan the Chairman of the National Assembly of RA
September 2010 Edward Nalbandyan the Foreign Minister of RA
Octobet 2010 Tigran Sargsyan the Prime Minister of RA
March 2011 Serzh Sargsyan the President of RA
September 2011 Edward Nalbandyan the Foreign Minister of RA
April 2012 Edward Nalbandyan the Foreign Minister of RA
August 2012 Edward Nalbandyan the Foreign Minister of RA

To Armenia

February 1992 Ali Akbar Velayati the Foreign Minister of IRI
1994 Ali Akbar Velayati the Foreign Minister of IRI
September 1995 Ali Akbar Velayati the Foreign Minister of IRI
December 1996 Hasan Habibi the First Vice President of IRI
April 1997 Ali Akbar Velayati the Foreign Minister of IRI
August 1999 Kamal Kharazi the Foreign Minister of IRI
April 2003 Kamal Kharazi the Foreign Minister of IRI
September 2004 Mohammad Khatami the President of IRI
February 2006 Manuchehr Mottaki the Foreign Minister of IRI
September 2006 Haddad Adel the Speaker of IRI Majlis
March 2007 Mahmoud Ahmadinajad the President of IRI
July 2007 Manuchehr Mottaki the Foreign Minister of IRI
October 2007 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of IRI
March 2009 Manuchehr Mottaki the Foreign Minister of IRI
January 2010 Manuchehr Mottaki the Foreign Minister of IRI
October 2010 Ali Larijani the Speaker of IRI Majlis
November 2011 Ali Akbar Salehi the Foreign Minister of IRI
December 2011 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of IRI

 

Signed documents

1992

  • Declaration on Establishing Diplomatic Relations Between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement on Consular Cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran for 1992-1994
  • Banking Agreement between the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Joint Declaration on Cooperation and Good-neighbourhood between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran

1993

  • Trade Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement between the Ministry of Communication of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Post, Telegraph and Telephone of the Islamic Republic of Iran

1994

  • Agreement on Border Trade between Meghri Region of the Republic of Armenia and Marand Region of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement between the Goverment of the Republic of Armenia and the Goverment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the areas of Culture, Science, Education, Sport, Tourism and Mass Media

1995

  • Protocol of the 1st Joint Session of Coordination Committee of Iran-Armenia Relations
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Agriculture
  • Agreement between the Goverment of the Republic of Armenia and the Goverment of the Islamic Republic of Iran on International Transportation of Goods
  • Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran for 1995
  • Agreement on Construction of Iran-Armenia Gas Pipeline
  • Agreement on Construction of Joint Run-of-River Power Plant on Araks River
  • Agreement on Construction of Iran-Armenia High Voltage Transmission Line

1996

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Healthcare
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Customs Department of the Republic of Armenia and the Customs Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran

1998

  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture

2001

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 3rd Joint Session of Intergovernmental Commission of RA and IRI
  • Joint Declaration of Presidents of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement on Meghri-Kajaran automobile tunnel
  • Agreement ûn Cooperation in the Area of Protection of Monuments
  • Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Ecology
  • Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees and Higher Education
  • Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Customs Cooperation
  • Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Certification and Standardization
  • Agreement on Quotas and Privileges

2002

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 4th Session of Intergovernmental Joint Economic Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran

2003

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the Area of Electricity

2004

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 5th session of Intergovernmental Commission on Coordination of Economic Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Treaty on Construction of Iran-Armenia Gas Pipeline
  • Memorandum on Cooperation in the Area of Agriculture with Ardebil Province

2005

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Healthcare and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Healthcare and Treatment
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Education in 2005-2008

2006

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Establishment and Activity Conditions of Educational and Cultural Centers
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Archive Matters
  • Agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Legal Cooperation of Civil and Criminal Matters
  • Agreement on Extradition between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Joint Declaration of the Presidents of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran

2007

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in Construction and Operation of Run-of-River Power Plants on Araks River
  • Executive Plan for Media Cooperation between the Council of Public TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 7th session of Intergovernmental Joint Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Utilization of Development Assistance
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the area of Sport between Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Physical Education Organisation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Joint Declaration of H.E. Robert Kocharyan the President of the Republic of Armenia and H.E. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Banking Supervision
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Establishing Consulates General

2008

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in Construction of Araks Run-of-River Power Plant and on Regulation of Technical Issues
  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 8th session of Intergovernmental Joint Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran

2009

  • Agreement between the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in the area of Banking Supervision
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Roads and Transportation of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Railway Cooperation and on Building a Direct Railway between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Regime Definition of Free Trade

2010

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 9th session of Intergovernmental Joint Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Executive Program on Co-operation in the Fields of Culture and Artistic between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the Years 2010-2012

2011

  • Memorandum of Understanding of the 10th session of Intergovernmental Joint Commission of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Islamic Republic of Iran’s Development Assistance to the Republic of Armenia,(December 2011)
  • Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on amendments in the Agreement on Cooperation for Construction and Operation of Hydro Power Plant on the Araks River, (December 2011)
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on cooperation in the field of Labour and Social Issues(December 2011)
  • Action Plan for the Implementation of MoU on Environmental Cooperation between the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia for the Years 2012-2013. (December 2011)

 

Trade and economic relations

After the independance Armenia gradually began to establish close, friendly relations with Iran in all spheres.

Effective cooperation was promoted in the fields of energy, sport, nature protection, health care, agriculture, education, science, culture as well as in the interprovincial relations.

New projects of strategic character were brought to life. The agreement on construction of Iran-Armenia gas pipe line was signed in 1995.

The first session of intergovernmental joint commission for coordination of Iran-Armenia relations was held in 1995.

Iran-Armenia bridge on Araks river was put into operation in 1996.

The prespectives for the construction of Iran-Armenia railway were discussed with the Iranian side during the official visit of Serzh Sargsyan, the Secretary of National Security Cauncil of the Republic of Armenia and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Armenia, to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today the project is under the experts’ examination who develop its financial issues and techno-economic bases.

The official opening ceremony of Iran-Armenia gas pipe line took place on Mrach 19, 2007 with the participation of the presidents of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the same day after the opening ceremony the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation in Construction and Operation of Run-of-River Power Plants on Araks River” was signed.

The constructions of the 3rd High Voltage Transmission Line and the construction of oil pipeline are some of the prospective projects of Iran-Armenia cooperation.

M. Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, made an official visit to the Republic of Armenia in October 2007. During this visit a list of issues of mutual cooperation was discussed such as the continuation of the construction of Iran-Armenia gas pipe line, the construction of Iran-Armenia railway, the construction of the 3rd High Voltage Transmission Line, the construction of Iran-Armenia oil pipeline.

The opening ceremony of Iran-Armenia /Kapan-Mrghri/ alternative road took place on October 26, 2007 at the participation of the President of the Republic of Armenia. The lenght of Meghri-Kapan new road which essentially has cheaper cost price is 91km.

The second round of construction works of Iran-Armenia gas pipe line was finished at the end of November 2008.

The Memorandum of Understanding of the 9th session of Iran-Armenia intergovernmental joint commission held on January 27, 2010 in Yerevan indicated the arrangements in the fields of trade and economic relations, banking affairs, transport and communication, agruculture, healthcare and etc. At present Iran-Armenia intergovernmental commission has a serious role in arrangement of Iran-Armenia economic relations.

Relations between the ministries and other state structures of the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran are coordinated by tens of intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents. There is a frequent exchange of visits at different levels

 

Armenia-Iran Trade Value 2008-2011

Year Export
/in thousand US dollars/
Import
/in thousand US dollars/
Total value
/in thousand US dollars/
2008 25056,3 202991,2 228047,5
2009 33.025.9 162398,0 195423,9
2010 84831,2 199884,7 284715,9
2011 106254,2 217156,6 323410,8

Main import goods

Animals, food, mineral raw materials, molybdenum, electrical energy, chemicals, goods of stone, gypsum and cement, nonprecious metals, automobiles, equipments, industrial goods

Main export goods

Mineral raw materials, wood, food, electrical energy

 

Updated in november 2012

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