Iran and Armenia have agreed to strengthen their cooperative relations in areas related to training, healthcare, disaster preparedness and response capabilities as well as further cooperation in border provinces.
The agreement was reached during the bilateral talks separately held between Prof. Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee, President of the Iranian Crescent Society who headed a high ranking delegation with three State Ministers, President of Armenia Red Cross and a number of senior Armenian officials early this week.
During his official visits to Armenia, Prof. Ziaee met with Mr. Davit Lokyan, Mr. Davit Tonoyan, and Dr. Levon Altunyan, Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development, Minister of Emergency Situations, and Minister of Healthcare respectively as well as with Dr. Mkhitar Mnatsakanyan, President of Armenian Red Cross Society in Yerevan.
In these meetings, the both sides agreed to push for greater cooperation in areas related to the form of a specialised expert body to examine the fields of cooperation between the two countries, the commencement of collaboration between the border provinces on the provision of relief and rescue services in case of need and the provision of educational, medical and relief and rescue services in emergencies.
In his meeting at the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development, Prof. Ziaee met with the Armenian Minister Mr. Davit Lokyan to introduce the efforts of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, its mandates and activities both inside and outside Iran.
"The Iranian Red Crescent is ready to cooperate with Armenia in the fields of human resource education, disaster risk reduction, healthcare services, sending pharmaceutical and medical equipments and products of the Iranian Red Crescent. In addition to the mentioned cooperation, a kind of communication and collaboration link can be established between the border provinces of the two countries," stated Prof. Ziaee in his speech with Mr. Davit Lokyan.
The Minister of Territorial Administration and Development also said that the Iranian Red Crescent has a bright record in all fields, especially in the field of relief and rescue services which would be very effective in the cooperation between Iran and Armenia.
Mr. Lokyan also announced the readiness of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia and its relevant authorities for further cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent, in line with the duties and missions of both parties.
Prof. Ziaee also, in a separate meeting with the Armenian Minister of Emergency Situations, referred to the review of the ways of developing bilateral cooperation and exchanging the facilities, experiences and equipment between the Iranian Red Crescent and this Ministry in Armenia.
Expressing his thanks for accepting the invitation by the Iranian Red Crescent delegation to visit Armenia, Mr. Davit Tonoyan mentioned that the capacity, strongness and volume of the activities of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, the structure of the rapid response teams and the Iranian Red Crescent Society's extensive network throughout Iran, as well as the cooperation between the provinces and counties of the Iranian Red Crescent in the country are very impressive.
The President of the Red Crescent Society of Iran also met with the Armenian Minister of Healthcare, announcing the readiness of the National Society to transfer 81 types of medicines to Armenia and Eurasia produced by the Iranian pharmaceutical companies affiliated to the Iranian Red Crescent Society. He also announced the readiness of the Iranian National Society on establishing a medical centre in cooperation with the Ministry of Healthcare and the Armenian Red Cross, as well as the establishment of temporary/mobile posts for relief and rescue on the routes of Iranian tourists to Armenia.
At this meeting, Armenian Minister of Healthcare Dr. Altunyan noted that three Ministries of Territorial Administration and Development, Minister of Emergency Situations and Healthcare could have special planning to provide appropriate services and cooperation between the two countries in proper engagement with the Iranian Red Crescent.
In the meetings, H.E. Mr. Seyed Kazem Sajjadi, Ambassador of Iran in Armenia, separately thanked the Armenian Ministers for the visit invitation and paving the way for the presence of the Iranian Red Crescent delegation headed by Prof. Ziaee, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Armenia, and said: "The deep link between the two countries requires to rush for help of each other in time of emergencies in case of need,".
He also expressed his hope that, with existing interactions, we will see the development of further cooperation and communications between the two countries of Iran and Armenia more than ever.