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Iran’s growing interest in Armenia

08 / 11 / 2022

During the meeting between Pashinyan and Raisi held on November 1, the Iranian president once again spoke about the importance of the stability of the South Caucasus and particularly the neighboring countries. Special emphasis was placed on the provision that 3rd powers, which have no connection with this region, should not be involved in the region.

It was also noted that trade relations between Yerevan and Tehran have increased by 43% in recent months alone. The Iranian side also expressed its will to increase mutual trade turnover and economic cooperation to 3 billion dollars, which is possible “if the leaders of both countries express enough will”.

Thus, the President of the Republic of Iran said: “The Caucasus region is a part of Iran’s history, civilization, and culture, and we approach this region cautiously. Security and peace in the Caucasus region are very important for Iran.

During the negotiations with Mr. Pashinyan, we came to a general conclusion that regional issues should be resolved through the officials and stakeholders of the countries of the region, and any foreign intervention will create problems in this region instead of solving them.”

Concluding his speech, Ayatollah Raisi said: “We express our hope that in case of hard implementation of the agreements reached during this mission, significant steps will be taken in the direction of promotion and development of relations between Armenia and Iran.”

According to the report of the de-facto minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, it is also known that the Armenian-Iranian parties reached an agreement to build a tunnel in Kajaran. It is also reported that before the start of negotiations, Armenia’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosyan, and Iran’s Deputy Minister of Oil, Director of the National Gas Company Majid Chegeni signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of natural gas.

As we can see, Iran’s interest in Armenia is growing day by day, and this growth is materialized by various significant actions, first by the start of military exercises, then by the opening of the consulate in Kapan, and now by a bilateral meeting once again emphasizing their position.

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