The meeting was initiated by the management of the faculty and was attended by the lecturers and students. YSU Rector Aram Simonyan welcomed the participants of the meeting, thanked the ambassador for his frequent visits to our institution and especially his special attitude towards YSU.
“Mr. Raeisi, during his diplomatic career, quickly became a good friend of our university. We have very warm friendly and business relationships,” - said Mr. Simonyan.
Dean of the faculty Gegham Petrosyan made a brief report on the Armenian-Iranian relations and diplomatic ties.
“Armenian-Iranian relations have been sourced from the first millennium BC and include political, economic and cultural spheres. And after the restoration of the independence Iran was the only among our neighboring countries with whom Armenia did not have any territorial and other disputes, and from the beginning good trade and diplomatic ties were established. Relations between Iran and Armenia are sustainable,” - said Mr. Petrosyan.
He also noted that IRI was one of the first countries, which officially recognized the independence ofArmenia(1991, December 25), and on February 9, 1992 the Tehran Declaration on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Iran was signed. On April 30, 1992 the solemn opening ceremony of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held inYerevan. In August of 1992 the first attorney of Armenia was appointed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This personality is the specialist in Iranian Studies and international relations, Doctor of History, Professor Vahan Bayburdyan, who was also present at today’s meeting.
Then Ambassador Mohammad Raeisi made his speech. Some days before, the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution inIran was celebrated. He presented future diplomats those phases, which have passed his country after the revolution and spoke about his state’s political priorities. One of these priorities is the relations with their neighboring countries.
“Our country has a 100,000 Armenian community, under the leadership of three dioceses. Armenians are respected people in our country. The community is represented in parliament by two members of parliament. Chair of Armenian Language and Literature operates at the Isfahan University,” - said Mr. Ambassador, adding that the close relations between the two countries are not only in educational and cultural, but also economic sectors.
After the Ambassador’s speech the participants asked questions the high-ranking guest, which referred to the foreign policy of Iran, the country’s nuclear energy production and consumption, exchange programs for Armenian and Iranian students, as well as Iran’s position regarding the developments in Ukraine, etc. Some of the students formulated their questions in Iranian language.
At the end of the meeting Dean of the Faculty of International Relations presented Mr. Ambassador a book about Armenia.