Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by David Stepanyan
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.