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Armenian PM welcomes Iranian firms in infrastructure projects

The photo shows a meeting between Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani (4th-L) and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (3rd-R) on July 7, 2022, in Yerevan, Armenia. (Photo by Armenian prime minister office)

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says the Caucasus country embraces the participation of Iranian firms in its infrastructure projects while also highlighting the need to further enhance bilateral relations.

Pashinyan made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting with Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), in Yerevan.

Hailing the growing bilateral cooperation between Iran and Armenia, Pashinyan called for boosting the ties in all fields.

He welcomed the participation of Iranian companies in infrastructure projects in Armenia, noting that Yerevan is ready to enhance all-out ties in line with the interests of the Iranian and Armenian nations.

Resolving differences through dialogue

For his part, Shamkhani named maintaining regional security and increasing collective regional cooperation without the participation of foreign powers as “the most urgent” needs of the region on the path of development.

He highlighted the necessity of resolving differences through dialogue and avoiding violence, adding, “Any tension in the region will prepare the ground for the presence and role-assumption of trans-regional countries, and certainly, there will be no benefit in that.”

Expressing satisfaction with the level of political ties between the two states, he noted that “given the determination of the two countries' leaders in expanding all-out ties, the level of economic cooperation should also expand accordingly, and even beyond that.”

Earlier on Thursday, Shamkhani held a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Armen Grigoryan, discussing the status of bilateral relations.

The Iranian delegation arrived in Yerevan on Thursday morning as part of a tour to the Caucasus countries.

Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Fatemi Amin said in early March that Iran and Armenia had agreed on launching infrastructure projects.

“During the meetings with Armenian Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan and Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosyan and the Armenia deputy PM, we made preliminary agreements on a range of issues such as building dams and roads by Iranian companies in Armenia,” Fatemi Amin said after visiting Yerevan.

“We agreed on building a transit road to complete the infrastructure projects in Armenia in the long run. Iranian companies will also participate in the relevant tenders,” he noted.

Iran has already announced its readiness to cooperate with Armenia in the construction of a new transportation route (Kajaran-Sisian road).

The 64-kilometer long route is part of the Iran-Armenia-Georgia Transportation Corridor which comes as part of Iran’s bid to launch the North-South Transport Corridor.

The International North-South Transport Corridor is a 7,200-kilometer-long multi-mode network of ship, rail, and road routes for moving freight between Iran, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia, Central Asia, and Europe.

It is aimed at boosting trade connectivity among the regional as well as ultra-regional states. 

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