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Extremism  Enemy of All  Societies
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Extremism Enemy of All Societies

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called extremism a phenomenon that harms all societies.

The foreign minister, who was in Yerevan on a two-day visit to meet with Armenian officials, held talks with his counterpart Edward Nalbandian on Tuesday, IRNA reported.  

In a joint press conference after the meeting, Zarif said Iran-Armenia relations indicate that Islam and Christianity can easily coexist, adding, "Extremism is the enemy of all societies."  

He continued, "The two countries enjoy friendly relations, and we have always maintained our traditional and historical ties with the nice Armenian people."

Elsewhere, he stated, "(The meeting of) the Iran-Armenia 12th Joint Economic Cooperation Commission which was held in Tehran (last December) was fruitful, and we are hopeful that bilateral relations will be expanded in various spheres."

The senior diplomat touched on Iran's nuclear issue and said, "We have no problem to prove the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."

He stressed that sanctions have proved an "ineffective tool" to address challenges, adding, "Today we are close to an agreement and the other side should stop (resorting to) the lever of pressure."

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Nalbandian, for his part, said, "Further expansion of ties between the two neighboring states are of high importance to us," expressing hope that the two countries would make efforts to put into effect the agreements reached in the meeting of the joint economic commission.  

The Armenian foreign minister referred to his talks with Zarif on Iran's nuclear issue and hoped that the negotiations between Iran and the major powers will reach a positive result which is to the benefit of the world community.  

After the meeting with his Armenian counterpart, the foreign minister also held talks with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, President Serzh Sargsyan and Chairman of the National Assembly Galust Sahakyan.

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