IRAN-ARMENIA: FIRST STRETCH OF GAS PIPELINE OPENED
March 19 2007
Tehran, 19 March (AKI) – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
and his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharian opened on Monday the
first Armenian part of a natural gas pipeline connecting the two
countries.The two presidents inaugurated the first 40 kilometre stretch
of the pipeline in the border town of Meghri. Under the project,
which was launched in 2004 and has so far cost 200 million dollars,
Iran will at first deliver 400 million cubic metres of gas a year
which should rise to 2.5 billion once the project is completed.
Armenia will in exchange reportedly provide electricity to Iran.
During the inauguration, Ahmadinejad said the pipeline is a "symbol of
the deep friendship which ties Iran, an Islamic country, to Armenia,
a Christian country."
Armenia is Iran’s main political and economic partner in the Caucasus.