Armenia Invites Iran to Join EAEU Meeting in Yerevan

During his speech at the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Kyrgyzstan. Pashinyan said that he has invited President Rouhani to Yerevan to participate in Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting on October 1.

In accordance with the agreement between the leaders of the EAEU member states. I have invited the President of Iran to participate in Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Yerevan. the Armenian Prime Minister said.

The chairmanship in the EAEU is given to Armenia for this year.

Late in June. it was announced that Iran. a non-member to the World Trade Organization (WTO). will enjoy the benefits of trading on WTO terms with the member states of the EAEU in a joint free trade zone (FTZ). as Tehran is removing the legal obstacles to put its deal with EAEU into practice.

Spokesman of Iran’s Guardian Council Abbas Ali Kadkhodayee. said on June 26 that the GC. which oversees government’s accession to regional and international treaties. had approved an agreement signed on May 17. 2018 between Iran and the EAEU that was meant to facilitate trade between the two sides.

Kadkhodayee said on Twitter that the Guardian Council viewed the deal as a major component of Iran’s strategy to forge better relations with countries in the East.

This agreement will be a substantial help to (Iran’s) economic development and to defeat sanctions using diplomacy and the potential of international and regional organizations. said Kadkhodayi in his tweet.

In November. Russia. the dominant power in the EAEU. ratified the agreement which took some 18 months to negotiate.

The deal will be a significant boost to Iran’s efforts to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil income.

Suffering from a new wave of US sanctions. Tehran is eyeing to significantly increase its non-oil trade with 15 nearby and neighboring countries. some of them. member to the EAEU.

Back in February. in a bid to bring the countries closer to the free trade zone between Iran and the EAEU. Representatives from Iran. Russia and Kazakhstan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Moscow for cooperation in wheat trading.

Last year. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to create a common dollar-less payment system for “boosting economic sovereignty.

The bloc. which consists of Russia. Kazakhstan. Belarus. Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. has free trade agreements with multiple partners across the globe. including Iran and China.

Since its inception five years ago. the EAEU has managed to massively expand its trade with major economies in the Middle East and in East Asia.

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