The governors of Armenia's Syunik Province and Iran's Eastern Atropatene province have not signed any agreement on providing the pastures in Syunik province to Iran for rent, Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi said during a meeting with journalists.
The ambassador explained that such issues should be decided not by governors, but by the countries' leadership, adding that official negotiations have to be conducted prior to the signing of such documents.
"Besides the approval of the regional council, the Ministry of Agriculture of RA should also express its position. However, negotiations are held on that kind of collaboration," said the Ambassador.
"There are a lot of pastures in Iran, but in all probability the Iranian side has made the proposal. In my opinion this cooperation will mainly contribute to the livestock population."
Mohammad Reisi noted that he had met with one of the Armenian province governors and recommended developing cattle-breeding. Armenia has a great potential for cattle-breeding and can be called an agricultural land, however the livestock population is not sufficient and there is need to work in that direction",- said the Ambassador.
Referring to the announcement of the presidential candidate of Iran Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Kharazi, who said he would return Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan to Iran, if he won the election, the Iranian ambassador said, "Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Kharazi does not hold any state position and the decision of Iran is officialy expressed by the Iranian president and the foreign minister. There is not such a thing. Iran respects the territorial integrity of countries".