YEREVAN, December 18. / ARKA /. Resolution of many key problems in the region of South Caucasus as well as in the Middle East requires deep involvement and cooperation of three major regional nations- Russia, Iran and Turkey, according to Kayhan Barzegar, the director of the Tehran-based Institute of Strategic Studies of the Middle East, who spoke today at an international conference in Yerevan on regional security challenges.
Barzegar added that the influence of the U.S., EU and their allies, particularly Saudi Arabia, should not be ignored.
Speaking at the same conference, Seyed Ali Tabatabaee, an expert from the Center for Strategic Studies (Tehran) said once Iran’s problems with key foreign policy players are settled it will intensify cooperation with the countries of the South Caucasus.
Tabatabaee said that the South Caucasus region is important for Iran both in terms of geopolitics and economy, particularly in terms of energy resources supply.
He also noted that after Rouhani’s victory in the latest presidential elections in Iran, Iran’s foreign policy has changed, both in terms of form and content.
According to him, the new president is seeking to use negotiations to resolve Iran's nuclear program question, improve the economic situation in the country, to attract investment and strengthen Iran's position as a supplier of oil and gas.
The three-day conference is discussing the prospects for creation of a South Caucasus regional security system. It is to look into Iranian- Turkish relations against the backdrop of the Syrian crisis, discuss the geopolitical implications of the Eurasian integration process for the Greater Middle East and try to determine the current state and prospects for a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. -0-