Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has said that the free trade agreement between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union will open up new prospects for trade and investment between participating countries.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan describes relations with Iran as “definitely positive.” According to him, the centuries-old friendship between the two peoples is a good example of intercultural dialogue and coexistence between different religions and civilizations, which is also an important factor promoting peace and stability in the region.
“Our centuries-old strong ties are based on mutual understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation. The strong ties of friendship and partnership with Iran are part of our foreign policy, and we are committed to further developing our good-neighborly relations,” Pashinyan said in an interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
He added that there is still huge untapped potential, especially as regards trade and economic exchanges.
The Armenian Prime Minister said his visit aims to promote the “comprehensive and hectic agenda” of bilateral relations.
He pointed the the EAEU-Iran free trade agreement as a new component in Armenian-Iranian relations, which, he said, will open up new prospects for trade and investment between participating countries.
Pashinyan stressed the need to take steps to develop trade and economic interaction, increase the volume of commodity turnover, and in general, tap the opportunities available in that sphere.
He said the energy sector has a great potential for development.
“In this area we have serious joint projects, such as gas / electricity exchange, construction of the third high-voltage power transmission line Armenia-Iran. Negotiations are underway on the Meghri HPP project, which has recently been ratified by the Iranian Majlis. A number of other projects are also being discussed,” he noted.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the cooperation in tourism and culture.
.Asked about US sanctions against Iran, Nikol Pashinyan said: “Iran is one of Armenia’s important partners. We, of course, are following all the developments around Iran.”
He reminded that Armenia was among the first countries to welcome the adoption of Iran’s nuclear program in 2015, because Armenia proceeded from the vision of the opportunities that might open up in terms of regional stabilization and regional cooperation.
“Naturally, we are worried about the recent developments around Iran. Under these conditions, Armenia continues to work closely with the Iranian side and other parties involved in this process based on open dialogue,” he added.
“We clearly represent all issues of concern and our stance on them. We are convinced that Armenia’s constructive approach can be a positive factor in finding solutions to emerging issues,” Nikol Pashinyan added.