Newsfeed

Renewed commitment at the highest level needed for Karabakh conflict settlement, Warlick says

Russia is responsible fulfilling its duties in Karabakh peace process

NKR Defense Army repels one more sabotage attack of Azerbaijani troops

Turcologist: Holding Off-Year Parliamentary Elections in Turkey Seeks to Transfer the Country into Presidential Government

VivaCell-MTS and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia Continue Partnership

VII PanArmenian Barbeque Fest to Take Place on Sep 12

Heritage to take no part in discussions on constitutional reforms with President

Stepanakert: NKR Defense Army keeps a tight rein on adversary

Manvel Sargsyan: Constitutional referendum is aimed at destroying the basis of Armenian statehood – the presidency institution

U.S. Ambassador: "One of the most effective drivers of cooperation is common business interests"

Gevorg Kostanyan requests his Azerbaijani colleagues to inquire into death of Armenian citizen Karen Petrosyan

Artak Zakaryan: We will be following Venice Commission's recommendations as much as they will meet our traditions and mentality

VTB Bank (Armenia) most recognizable bank brand in Armenia

Ucom not Clear about Orange Brand Future

Russian Air Carriers to Raise Air Ticket Prices again

Air Armenia Company embarks on second phase of overcoming stress period

Armenian Foreign Ministry has no data so far if there are citizens of Armenia among affected people in storm-stricken Batumi

Anelik Bank implemented a joint Hotel Express VISA Gold card

Expert: The new RA Constitution shall affirmatively authorize the same-sex marriage

Internet in the 37497 mobile networks

Prosecutor General's Office: No criminal case will be opened on the matter of beating of Air Armenia owner

So far the environmentalists have no response from the Prime Minister on restoration of the Iranian Urmia lake at the expense of Sevan

Applications for "Certification of Organic Agricultural Product" Contest now Available on ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank Website

Beeline expands mobile coverage in Yerevan and Aragatsotn

Levon Zurabyan: ANC Declining Serzh Sargsyan's Invitation to Participate in Discussions on Constitutional Reforms

ACBA ON-LINE system is replenished with a new feature - from now on all ACBA ON-LINE users have an opportunity to make transfers from their card accounts

Venetian Commission: We will not Fuel Debates among Political Powers of Armenia.

Iranian Ambassador: Tehran began to pay more attention to Karabakh peace process

Artsrun Hovhannisyan to Zakir Hasanov: Self-deception not the best way to work

Georgian Foreign Ministry condemns restoration of Abkhazian railway

Newspaper: Company of former member of Republican Party, MP Tigran Arzaqantsyan turns bankrupt

Palestinian Embassy in Azerbaijan says Palestine will not open embassy in Armenia

Volunteers from the Diaspora hosted at VivaCell-MTS headquarters

Over 6 thousand children from Tavush will undergo free ophthalmologic examinations thanks to Orange Foundation

VTB Bank (Armenia) launches Anelik-Visa Direct service - transferring money directly to Visa accounts

Economist: The Regulator probably retains the USD agiotage

Orange Foundation supports "Lunettes pour l'Armenie" program in Tavush

ARFD: If draft new Constitution is passed, Republic Party will lose its power in three years

Areximbank-GPB Group looks to develop SME finance as promising sector

Russian businessman German Sterligov weighs lawsuit against Azerbaijan at ECHR

Regional

Iranian Ambassador to Armenia: The North-South railway will allow Iran to become one of the largest countries in the field of cargo transportation

ArmInfo’s Interview with Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi

  • by Marianna Mkrtchyan

  • Friday, November 30, 20:58

Mr.Reisi, do you think Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayin’s recent statement that the OSCE Minsk Group is biased in the Karabakh peace process and therefore it is the countries of the region that should take part in the peace process demonstrates that Iran seeks to play a mediator’s role in the Karabakh peace process?

 

Iran’s foreign policy with respect to the Karabakh conflict has undergone no changes. Tehran has always stressed the need to resolve the conflict by means of a dialogue and only in the peaceful way. Iran supports all the efforts aimed at resolution of the conflict. But Iran also thinks that the countries of the region are able to settle their own problems by cooperating with one another and admits the presence of no foreign forces in this region. Iran’s foreign policy with respect to the Karabakh conflict is based on the specified approaches.

 

Due to the sanctions introduced this year against Iran by the USA and European countries, the Iranian oil exports have changed their direction from Europe towards China and South Korea. Do you think this will help stop the inflation in Iran and what impact will further toughening of the sanctions against Iran have on the region and on Armenia, in particular?

 

 

The daily information flow convinces us that the inflation and economic crisis have developed into a global phenomenon and become a kind of epidemic. The impact of the economic crisis is felt everywhere – from Europe to Asia, from Africa to America. The “99 Percent Movement”, Wall Street crisis, protest actions in Greece, Spain and other countries clearly demonstrate that people demand changing the current situation. Thus, inflation and economic problems are not typical to only one country. As regards the sanctions against Iran, this is a part of the economic war against the Islamic republic, which will have a bad effect on the West as well. But luckily, thanks to the Iranian people’s efforts and the Government’s measures, the given sanctions have not affected our relations with the region and with Armenia, in particular.

 

 

The change of power in Georgia opens new prospects for implementation of the North-South project given the Ivanishvili Government’s intention to contribute to the opening of through communication via Abkhazia. Does the Iran-Armenia railway construction project acquire extra prospects for implementation given that in this case Iran will have a direct access to the vast Russian market via friendly Armenia and Georgia?

 

As you know, it is possible to transport cargoes from Kazakhstan to Europe and from Iran to the Persian Gulf by the North-South railway. Actually, it is a friendly bridge between Asia and Europe that will play a serious role in development of transport infrastructure and transit of commodities among the countries of the region. Due to the launch of this branch line, Iran will become one of the largest countries in the region in the field of cargo transportation, and it will be a big step towards implementation of the “Iran. Regional Hub” slogan. On the other hand, the Iran-Armenia railway branch line is a very important economic project being discussed by the two countries. I hope serious measures will shortly be taken to implement this project. It plays an essential role in increasing of the cargo transportation and passenger operations between the two countries. Moreover, its significance will grow even higher and will further cover Georgia and Russia, making the big markets of the Persian Gulf countries, Russia and Europe more accessible.

 

Recently, in order to improve the situation in its energy sector, Iran announced a plan to build a gas pipeline to Syria via Iraq. Does this mean that you are going to control the situation in Syria for as long as possible?

 

Iran has the world’s second biggest gas resources after Russia. The efforts to develop infrastructure, to carry out the South Pars project and to increase gas production have given us 10% of the world gas output. This pipeline will have branches that will pump gas to Iraq, Syria and Europe. More specifically, it will supply gas to thermal power plants in Iraq and Syria, through Southern Lebanon to the Mediterranean and farther to Europe. This is a big project and it is part of the program of the National Iranian Gas Company.

 

It seems that the Trans Anadolu gas pipeline (TANAP) has forced Europe and Turkey to forget about Nabucco. Can Iran, who is seeking to reorient its energy exports, make use of this opportunity?

 

The development of the region and the growth in its energy demand are forcing the local countries to consider new ways to transfer energy resources. The Trans-Caspian has pipeline is one of them. But there are still problems concerning the status of the Caspian Sea and environmental security. This project is supposed to arrange direct supplies of Turkmen gas to Europe. In the future gas will become a higher priority than oil, so, even if there is no political tensions between Russia and Europe, Russia and other producers will not be able to supply enough gas for meeting Europe’s needs. Here they will need Iran with its world’s second biggest gas reserves. If the existing problems, including the legal status of the Caspian Sea and environmental issues, are solved, the Trans-Caspian pipeline may become one of the key channels for the export of Iranian gas to Europe.

 

Iran has stopped to export as many as 52 items to Armenia, and now our Government is negotiating with your authorities for quickly solving this problem. What was the cause of the ban and what is the Iranian Embassy doing in this respect?

 

In order to manage the export, to satisfy the domestic demand and to fulfill the decision of the Commerce Ministry’s Domestic Commerce Department, our Government has banned the export of some commodities, including articles produced in Iran and some medical equipment imported for foreign exchange. This decision concerns all rather than one specific country. Of course, we are making efforts to form expert groups for discussing the consequences of this decision and finding solutions to possible problems. The key goal of this policy is to ensure domestic demand, so, once this problem is solved, the excess will be exported.

By Marianna Mkrtchyan

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields