It’s been almost two years that I am in Armenia, and it is my impression that we should raise the level of our awareness about each other. Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri stated this in an interview with Armenpress.
He added that Armenian-Iranian relations can be improved in all domains because there are no big obstacles for doing so.
Among a number of issues, the Ambassador attaches importance to the intensification of contacts between Armenian and Iranian business communities, as well as the completion of the renovation projects of interstate roads.
The Persian Gulf-Black Sea International Transport Corridor Project—the North-South motorway in Armenia being part of it—initiated by Tehran can greatly contribute to the development of transport connection.
“We are speaking about a situation when the huge population of the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf basin is acquiring a convenient route for transporting shipments to the Black Sea and Europe, and as a rule, all countries located at the entire length of this route will mostly benefit from it,” the Iranian Ambassador said.
According to Ambassador Zohouri, one of the most influential and important sections of this project is a section of the Tranche 4 of North-South, which will connect Kajaran and Sisian towns of Armenia through a number of bridges and tunnels.
The main transit route viewed by Iran is the Norduz-Syunik-Yerevan road.
Iran welcomes the negotiations process between Armenia and Azerbaijan on unblocking transport and economic connections—and which is carried out in adherence to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries. The Iranian Ambassador said that if the Nakhchivan roads were to be opened, Iran and Armenia would get a shorter railway connection via the Julfa-Nakhchivan route.
At the same time, the Iranian diplomat underscored that the newly proposed alternatives cannot be a reason for ignoring the importance of the road through Syunik Province of Armenia and the North-South project.