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I don’t think Armenia’s good relations with Iran are an obstacle in our bilateral relations with Israel. 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, said the aforementioned speaking to i24NEWS television of Israel.

When asked how he views the Iranian position in the Middle East and in the region, Nalbandian said:

“We [Armenia] have good relations with neighboring Iran, we cooperate in different fields. Taking into consideration that we have closed borders with other two neighbors, with Turkey and Azerbaijan, so you have to understand that Iran and Georgia are the two neighbors with whom we have not just normal relations, but good cooperation. And we are deploying efforts with the aim to develop our bilateral cooperation and partnership.”

And to the question as to whether or not this is an obstacle to relations between Israel and Armenia, the Armenian FM responded as follows:

“I don’t think this is an obstacle in our bilateral relations with Israel, as the relations of Israel with any neighboring country of Armenia is not an obstacle.”

As for the observation that there is no ambassador of Armenia to Israel, Edward Nalbandian noted:

“Our position was very clear: as soon as Israel will open an embassy in Armenia, we will reciprocate and open an embassy in Israel.”

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