After years of talks, Iran and six major powers clinched a historic nuclear deal. The agreement will see some sanctions on Tehran eased in exchange for restrictions to its nuclear program.
“The agreement Iran struck comes to document that Iran’s nuclear program pursues peaceful goals only. The international community has also acknowledged that fact. Iran was fighting for its own rights. The country suffered difficulties and an 8-year war, but the country made it clear that Iran cannot be spoken to with words of pressure. Iran has fulfilled all its obligations and managed to preserve the right to uranium enrichment. The global crisis is coming to its end and the agreement will have a positive impact on the entire region,” said the ambassador.
Raiesi shared thoughts on the frozen bilateral projects: Meghri HPP, third power transmission line, oil refinery, Armenia-Iran railway. After coming out of the isolation, Iran will return to the global resource market and its foreign accounts will be unfrozen, he said. Iran will have additional financial resources, which, he believes, may facilitate the implementation of the specified projects.
“We have good relations with Armenia, so our ties will keep developing. Vice President of Iran will shortly pay a visit to Armenia within the project of construction of the third high-voltage electric power transmission line between the countries,” said Raiesi.
Armenia and Iran can cooperate in a variety of areas, Ambassador Raeisi believes. “There are numerous fields and projects for cooperation, namely the Meghri HPP and construction of the North-South transport corridor. I believe that Armenia may become a good corridor between the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea. That process might take long but building infrastructures will boost the country’s economy,” he said.
With respect to the Iran-Armenia railway construction project, Raiesi said, “The Iran-Armenia railway construction project is estimated at USD 3.2 billion. It requires big investments, but for now there are no such resources,” he said. Raiesi spoke on the possible construction of an oil refinery in Armenia. “We are eager to carry out the project but investors must first be found. After the oil refinery is built, we will supply oil,” said the ambassador.
The Eurasian Economic Union is a large market with great possibilities for Iran, Raiesi believes.
“If we manage to agree on preferential customs tariffs with the EEU, it will contribute to the relations between the union and Iran,” said the ambassador.
The sanctions and the forced war against Iraq have inflicted a big damage to Iran and the country will need nearly 10 years to get itself back on feet, Raiesi said.
Lilit Arakelyan, Editor-Coordinator
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