Armenia welcomes framework deal on Iran’s nuclear program

Armenia has welcomed the framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program that was reached on Thursday by the Islamic Republic and world powers during marathon negotiations in Switzerland.

In a statement Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said that this tentative deal “gives an opportunity to reach а comprehensive settlement.”

“That will contribute to the strengthening of stability and cooperation in the region,” he said as quoted by his press office. “This significant progress in the process of Iran’s nuclear issue resolution once again displays that it is possible to solve even the most complex issues through negotiations.”

The tentative agreement cleared the way for a comprehensive deal which Iran, the United States, the European Union, Russia and China aim to conclude by June 30. Such a deal would lead to a gradual lifting of crippling international sanctions imposed on Tehran because of what the West sees as its efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

The relief of the sanctions would also facilitate Iran’s commercial ties with other nations, including neighboring Armenia.