Tehran (IP) – Iran and Armenia discuss deepening their transport and transit ties to expand regional transit and commercialization of their corridors during negotiations between transport ministers.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's Minister of Transport and Urban Development, Rostam Ghasemi, is meeting with the Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia, Gnel Sanosyan, to discuss details of bilateral transit cooperation and joint infrastructural projects.

During bilateral talks, Iran and Armenia expressed their willingness to reach agreements that would facilitate transit and trade between the two countries and in the region.  

In the meeting, Kheirollah Khademi, Director-General of Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company, pointed to the previous negotiations and visits to Armenia for the implementation of the road route from Nurduz to Yerevan and re-design of Iran's pathways to Nurduz, informed of Iran's preparation to participate in the construction of the southern part of the strategically important Tatev Road in the Sisian (southern Armenia) to Nurduz particularly the construction of a tunnel and also the development of Nurduz Terminal.

Moreover, Iran is ready to export technical and engineering services to Armenia by Iranian contractors and companies to complete the construction of the Corridor stretching from Nurduz in Iran to Yerevan with higher productivity.

Iran, Armenia to continue road cooperation

Referring to the transit of 22,500 Armenian trucks and 24,000 Iranian trucks in 2021, Hedayati, the General Director of Iran Transit and International Transportation Bureau at Iran's Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, proposed for commercialization of Iranian and Armenian Corridors beyond trade ties for increased regional transit, because the demand for transit is rising due to the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and recently signed Persian Gulf-Black Sea Agreement.

For the rail connection, Mi'ad Salehi, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, pointed to three possibilities for rail transit between Iran and Armenia. The first two rail connections are the Jolfa-Nakhchivan-Yerevan and Jolfa-Nurduz (in Iran) and Yerevan-Nurduz (in Armenia) railroads which were agreed on seven years ago though not realized by now. The third possibility is multi-modal transit from Yerevan to Jolfa by road and southward to the Port of Bandar Abbas by rail.

Previously in October 2021, Iran Deputy Transport Minister Kheirollah Khademi, at the head of a delegation, went to Armenia to consider the participation of Iran in completing the Tatev Road as an alternative route Goris-Kapan Road, which bypasses Azerbaijan territory due to the heavy tolls levied to Iranian fleets. 


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