0147 GMT December 02, 2021
According to General Manager of Iran's Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization Javad Hedayati, development of regional transit cooperation and establishment of new corridors is a priority of the new government, Press TV wrote.
"The creation of new corridors, in addition to facilitating trade, will lead to revenue generation for the country and reduce transportation costs," IRNA quoted him as telling a meeting of a joint transport commission in Tbilisi.
Linking the Persian Gulf in the south to the Caspian Sea in the north is the key plank of connectivity programs being sought by Iran and "the creation of a corridor from the Persian Gulf to Georgia and the Black Sea is one of these plans", Hedayati said.
According to the official, similar negotiations are being held with Azerbaijan which connects Iran to Georgia and up to the Black Sea through Turkey.
"The Iranian side stressed the importance of strengthening regional transit based on multilateral advantages, and reviving the transit networks of the two sides with the aim of shortening transit routes and reducing costs," Hedayati said.
It was decided to take immediate steps to solve the existing problems and simplify the passage of trucks, he added.
The negotiations come in the wake of a brief dispute over Azerbaijan's decision to impose customs duties on trucks transiting to Armenia through its newly-liberated territories and Iranian supplies of fuel and other goods to Karabakh.
Oil byproducts like petrol, diesel and asphalt for road construction are imported to Karabakh through private companies in Armenia that ship their products with privately operated trucks.