ArmInfo. The Armenian authorities' initiative Crossroads of Peace can well be translated into reality, Armenia's President Vahagn Khachaturyan told reporters on November 28.
He noted that to achieve the goal, it is necessary to believe, live and work. The President emphasized that the program is presented on almost all international platforms. "The main thing is that our partners positively evaluate this initiative," Khachaturyan noted, adding that Yerevan strives to establish peace in the region, and to achieve this goal, the "Crossroads of Peace" is one of the best tools.
The President noted that many similar projects are currently being developed and implemented around the world. For example, the United States is promoting a transport corridor program through the territories of India and Saudi Arabia towards the countries of the European Union. "All these projects do not contradict each other, they just need to be supplemented," said Vahagn Khachaturyan.
November 24, during a live broadcast, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that the "Crossroads of Peace" project, which involves the development of transport communications with all neighbors (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey), was coldly received in Baku. According to him, the initiative provides that each country, through its state institutions, carries out border and customs control and ensures security on its territory. "Azerbaijan's first reaction is as follows: from now on, they seem to be no longer interested in this project, since they are communicating with Iran. We are not against it at all, but this is our proposal. Moreover, there is one more point: on the basis of reciprocity, simplification of procedures can occur. They should be for all countries participating in the project. Here we are quite flexible," the prime minister explained, adding that the Armenian authorities are trying to pursue a policy aimed at increasing the sovereignty of the state in institutional terms.
Pashinyan presented the "Crossroads of Peace" program in mid-autumn 2023 at the "Silk Road" forum in Tbilisi. The initiative should help strengthen stability in the region by enhancing ties between Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey and Armenia. As part of these projects, Yerevan plans to work on creating transport corridors from Asia through the territory of Iran and Armenia, with subsequent possible access to the Black Sea coast and further to European countries.