There is a huge potential of Armenian-Iranian cooperation
Railroad and gas pipeline projects can contribute to raising Armenia's security level
"There is a huge Armenian-Iranian potential that has not entered the operational field and has not been implemented," Ehsan Houshmand, Iranian expert on regional issues, told reporters in Yerevan.
Vardan Voskanyan, a specialist in Iranian studies, said that this was an extremely important accent. "In essence, I think that in case of implementation of these two programs the level of security of our country will be considerably increased, and not only in terms of breaking the blockade, but this should also be considered as an indication from the Iranian side that if Iran has such large-scale projects of economic significance in Armenia, then the Iranian side is also certainly ready to strengthen our security system thus protecting first of all its own economic interests in our country."
"As a friend of Armenia and a patriot of Iran, I would like to urge Armenia and Iran to work more closely within the frames of the railway project, because this is extremely important for both countries. We know that the development of infrastructures is crucial for economic development and development of the country in the whole. If the Iran-Armenia railway succeeds, the number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia, especially from the provinces inhabited by Iranian Atrpatakan residents, will increase several times, and these provinces will be connected with Armenia. The railway will play an important role in trade development, and Armenia will be able to use this path to export European goods to Iran, as well as Iranian products to Europe, and, of course, to transfer Armenian products, too," Ehsan Houshmand said.