|The Meghri-Nourdouz crossing will be jointly managed|
Monday, 20 June 2011
Armenia and Iran plan joint border control
Armenia and Iran plan to jointly manage their sole border crossing in an effort to facilitate travel and transport communication, Azatutyun.am news website reported the Armenian government to have said on Friday 17th June.
The announcement was part of an Armenian-Iranian draft agreement that stresses “the need to elevate the level of good-neighbourly bilateral relations.”
The document outlines plans for immigration and customs bodies to provide joint services at the Meghri-Nourdouz crossing, in order to “facilitate international traffic of passenger, cargoes and transport vehicles.”
The agreement aims to simplify the border-crossing procedure, as individuals would only have to fill out customs declarations in the country of departure, and have their goods checked only in the country of entry.
Armenian and Iranian nationals currently need visas to enter the other country, something Tehran has long been pushing to do away with. Tehran has also been pressing for an Armenian-Iranian free trade agreement, however the two sides have yet to work out mutually accepted terms.
The two countries have also planned the construction of two large hydro-electric plants on the Armenian-Iranian frontier.
For more information, please see the Menas Borders website, here.