Iran’s ambassador to Armenia on Monday affirmed his government’s willingness to sell natural gas to the country on affordable terms, hailing at the same time the positively developing bilateral cooperation in the energy sector.
“We are practically ready to sell natural gas to Armenia for reasonable prices. The issue is now under discussion, and I am hopeful we will soon see the progress. Armenia’s more active policies in the energy sector will pave way to larger-scale projects, boosting also job creation in the country,” Seyed Kazem Sadjadi told reporters in Yerevan.
Asked to comment on the delay in the construction of the Meghri hydropower plant (Vayots Dzor region), the ambassador said they now expect more negotiations to finalize the project. “January was the announced timeframe for launching the Meghri hydropower plant. A delegation from Iran is set to visit Armenia soon to finalize the project. That delay was through no fault of our own,” Kazem Sadjadi said, adding that the two countries’ governments worked very effectively to meet the set targets.
In his words, the companies dealing with specific project-related tasks might have failed to undertake the necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the activities in due time.
Addressing the Iran-Armenia railway project, the ambassador reaffirmed his country’s interest in launching it within the shortest possible timeframes. “Our relations with Armenia are really on a positive track; so we are ready to launch this railway. All Armenia needs to do now is to submit [the project] to investors,” he said, reiterating further the commitment to cooperate also on the North-South highway project.
Asked about the expected benefits from Armenia’s Eurasian integration, the ambassador said they haven’t so far observed any tangible outcomes. “If you have yourselves observed [any advantages], just let us know,” he added.