Creation of Meghri FEZ will help Armenia to overcome blockade problems – expert on Iranian studies
YEREVAN, DECEMBER 15, ARMENPRESS. The initiative to create free economic zone in Meghri region is an important step for Armenia, expert on Iranian studies Vardan Voskanyan told Armenpress.
According to him, the quick and qualified launch of the Meghri FEZ will contribute to expanding the bilateral economic relations, as well as the trade turnover volume between Armenia and Iran. “It can become a serious platform in the context of Iran-EAEU relations, and taking into account the fact that Armenia recently signed the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the European Union, also in the context of Iran-EU relations. Thus, this program is really important for us especially from economic perspective. But this doesn’t mean that the program has no political component since by such measures Armenia tries to somehow overcome the blockade which has been imposed on us by hostile countries like Turkey and Azerbaijan. And considering these issues we should not forget about the geopolitical component”, Vardan Voskanyan said.
According to the expert on Iranian studies, everything depends on the works conducted by Armenia and Iran to fully utilize the opportunities of the free economic zone. “The program can have a good future, of course, if intensive works continue within its framework”, he said.
The opening of the Meghri FEZ is expected to be held on December 15.