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Economist: Russia's plans to deepen relations with Iran fit well into Armenia's political-economic North-South project

  • by David Stepanyan

  • Friday, January 17, 21:10

Russia's plans to deepen relations with Iran fit well into Armenia's political-economic North- South project, Head of Alternative Research Center Tatul Manaseryan told ArmInfo on Friday.

He said that Armenia and Iran enjoy long-term strategic ties. "There is also a trilateral Armenian-Iranian-Greek cooperation agreement. We hope that as soon as the world community lifts its sanctions against Iran, Armenian-Iranian ties will be deepened," Manaseryan said.

One of the key projects that may be implemented as soon as the embargo is lifted is the reconstruction of the existing Armenia-Iran railway and the construction of a new one under the North-South project.

Manaseryan believes that deeper relations with Iran will give Armenia competitive advantages, particularly, ties with countries having common political and economic interests. "In the last 2-3 decades Iran has made a real technological breakthrough and is presently implementing a number of high-tech economic projects. Unfortunately, few people in Armenia are aware of this," Manaseryan said.

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