Armenia Keen To Import More Natural Gas From Iran


Fars News Agency, Iran
March 26 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
Armen Movsisyan underlined Yerevan’s determination to boost energy
ties and natural gas imports from Iran.

Movsisyan said that increasing Armenia’s natural gas import from Iran
up to two billion cubic meters is scheduled to be discussed during
a joint commission between the two countries’ officials in charge in
Tehran due in May 2014.

In recent years, Iran and its Northern neighbor Armenia have boosted
cooperation, signed agreements on energy cooperation and agreed to
cooperate in technology and research and enhance ties in commerce
and economy.

In August, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Armenian counterpart
Serzh Sargsian, in a meeting in Tehran, hailed the friendly relations
between the two neighboring states, and called for the expansion of
mutual cooperation in all arenas.

During the meeting, the Iranian president said that relations between
Iran and Armenia have been friendly based on mutual interests and
there is no doubt that the same trend will be continued in future to
help enhance the current level of relations and cooperation.

“Iran has always called for expansion of relations and cooperation with
Armenia thanks to both sides cultural and civilization commonalities,”
Rouhani added.

“Armenia at international conferences has always adopted a very close
and friendly stand with Iran, which helps meet both sides’ interests,”
Rouhani said.

The Armenian president, for his part, said that Iran and Armenia have
kept abreast of developments throughout history and in the past 20
years they developed economic cooperation.

“There is no doubt that ties and cooperation between the two countries
will be bolstered in line with the expansion of economic cooperation
during the tenure of president Rouhani,” he said.

According to the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), around 1.5
billion cubic meters of natural gas has been traded with Armenian
electricity from 2007 to 2012.

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