According to Ambassador of Armenia to Iran, efforts are made to increase Iran-Armenia annual trade volume to one billion US dollars, due to the need to increase the volume of trade between these two countries.
As Ambassador Arsen Avagyan said in his Friday evening meeting with the governor-general of East Azarbaijan Province, Iran’s neighboring provinces with Armenia have great importance for his country. Establishment of a consular office in Tabriz has also been requested.
Avagyan said that the Armenian side is ready to have face to face meetings with foreign merchants and businessmen, and West Azarbaijan province merchants and officials are invited to visit Armenia’s Syunik Province.
Araks border river has also been mentioned by Ambassador Avagyan due to its significant importance for both Iran and Armenia. The question of environment protection arose, and one of the mines has been shut down till required moves will be made to eliminate the environmental hazards.
According to the Ambassador, buying the manufactured goods in East Azarbaijan Province is among Armenia’s priorities, as it is the closest transit route for Armenia.
That province is quite ready for boosting trade with neighboring countries, including Armenia, as the governor of East Azarbaijan Province said, and he emphasized that increasing interactions with neighboring countries is one of the basic policies of the 13th Government, and the provinces have the required authorities for the purpose.
According to Abedin Khorram, increased trade and business between the two provinces of East Azarbaijan and Syunik is quite favorable for Iran.
The supreme scientific status of East Azarbaijan Province in Iran has also been referred to, and province’s readiness for establishment of a joint science and technology park, which can be turned into a regional export hub, has been announced.
Khorram underlined the great importance of Araks River for Iran, and therefore major steps to control the entry of mining sewage water into it are expected from Armenia.