ArmInfo.The need to implement a project to create an international transport and logistics corridor linking the Persian Gulf with the Black Sea, the construction of the North- South highway has been discussed for at least 15 years. And Tehran's current interest in their implementation has a number of reasons. The UN National Expert on Energy Issues Ara Marjanyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
On May 25, a delegation headed by the Minister of Road Construction and Urban Development of Iran Mohammad Eslami paid a working visit to Armenia. On May 26, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Yerevan. According to acting Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan, Armenia and Iran continue to work on the Persian Gulf - Black Sea transport corridor. "For the implementation of the project, an international working group has already been created, which has already held a meeting. We must develop the most lightweight mechanisms for the transportation of goods along this important route," he said.
According to the expert, Tehran's current initiatives towards the implementation of the notorious projects are largely due to the latest regional geopolitical shifts. In particular, the emergence of projects to unblock regional communications following the results of last year's 44-day war. Another factor that allows Iran to begin to substantively respond to regional transformations, according to Marjanyan, are the latest trends towards the actual termination of the West's sanctions policy towards Iran. "The latter circumstance allows Iran to initiate new rather large-scale programs. And we understand that these programs, which are most important for both Iran and Armenia, have always been relevant. But they have not been implemented so far due to a number of circumstances. In this light, it is important to emphasize that the beginning of their implementation at least a year ago would have allowed Armenia to avoid a number of problems, "he stressed.
In this light, even today the expert predicts active opposition to these communication projects, both by Azerbaijan and Turkey. According to his forecasts, to this end, Ankara and Baku will take a number of steps in order to reduce the international attractiveness and, accordingly, the degree of importance of these projects. With the ultimate goal of hindering their funding from the largest international donors.
"Against this background, the most important task for Armenia is to show an extreme degree of consistency in the direction of achieving the implementation of these projects. In this light, Yerevan must refuse to subordinate its own interests to the interests of any other actors and players. And try, as soon as possible, to realize them. A serious development opportunity looms before Armenia. An opportunity that we have no right to miss, "the expert concluded.