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Ahmadinejad says Armenia visit good


Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, back from his two-day state visit to neighbouring Armenia, said Tuesday relations between the two countries were poised to scale new heights, denying reports that he had cut short his visit because of domestic compulsions.

Talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport on arrival, the president said his Armenian state visit, originally scheduled for 22 hours, was extended by an hour and a half, Irna news agency reported.

“Both Tehran and Yerevan are concerned about the latest developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine,” the president noted, adding that the two sides were willing to see enduring peace, stability and security, particularly in Iraq and Palestine, on the basis of justice.

Describing the Tehran-Yerevan relations as “growing and lasting”, he said several agreements were inked during his visit.

Ahmadinejad, heading a high ranking delegation, arrived in Yerevan Monday and left the country Tuesday.

Media reports earlier said Ahmadinejad rushed back home cutting short his schedule in Armenian capital Yerevan due to developments at home, presumably over nuclear talks.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti had quoted the office of Armenian President Robert Kocharian as saying that the Iranian president left for home “due to unforeseen circumstances in Iran”, adding this had no impact on the growing relations between the two countries.