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IAF President Participates In "New Regional Realities and the Crossroads of Peace" International Conference In Yerevan

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Between December 4-6, 2023, the international conference titled "New Regional Realities and the Crossroads of Peace" conference was held in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia organized by the Public Relations and Information Center operating under the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. The three-day event brought together esteemed experts from the Orbeli Analytical Center and participants from Armenia, Iran, India, Georgia, and Turkey.


Mr. Rananjay Anand, Co-Founding President of the Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO was among the experts invited to speak at the conference. 


During one of the sessions, Mr. Anand presented a compelling paper titled "India as a Rising Global Power: Modi's Transformational Foreign Policy, Its Engagements and Implications for South Caucasus and Beyond."


Beyond the conference halls, the attending experts had the opportunity to engage with high-ranking officials of the country. Deliberations during these meetings touched upon regional challenges and the identification of effective strategies to address them. 

Moreover, as part of the conference, the experts were treated to a cultural tour, which presented an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Armenian historical and cultural landmarks.


The conference formally commenced on December 5th, marked by welcoming speeches from distinguished figures such as Arayik Harutyunyan, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Armenia; Mnatsakan Safaryan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Gor Tsarukyan, Director of IPRC; Mehdi Sobhani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Armenia; and Nilakshi Saha Sinha, Ambassador of India to Armenia.

Key to the discussions was the unveiling of the Crossroads of Peace initiative, proposed by the Armenian Government. The initiative aimed to elucidate potential political and economic opportunities in the region. Ambassadors and experts present offered their perspectives on the proposed opportunities, contributing to a nuanced understanding of the geopolitical landscape.

Also integral to the discourse were conversations on regional geopolitics, economic interconnections, and forthcoming infrastructure projects. The experts emphasized mutual interests and highlighted regional projects with the potential to benefit various stakeholders.

Of particular note was the recognition of India as a vital player in the North-South Transport Corridor, a transformative initiative that will link India to Europe through Iran and Armenia. Mr. Rananjay Anand's presentation shed light on India's rising global influence and its implications for the South Caucasus and beyond. The acknowledgment of India's role underscores the importance of international cooperation in shaping the evolving regional dynamics.

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