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5/14/04

Armenia's FM terms Iran as a major regional partner

Moscow, May 14, IRNA -- Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan in a meeting with Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Yerevan Friday referred to Iran as a major partner of his country in the region.

In the meeting, Oskanyan said that the agreement signed between the two countries on sale of gas to Armenia is in line with Iran's political will to expand the mutual friendly ties.

He further underlined Iran's decisive role and stance in the region.

Turning to the significance of Iran's balanced regional policy, he said that bilateral cooperation under the framework of North-South Route and construction of Iran-Armenia gas pipeline are of great importance.

For his part, Zanganeh expressed pleasure over the finalization of the contract on transfer of gas from Iran to Armenia on the basis of exchange with power as a major development.

The minister noted that the materialization of the project marks sustained and long-term collaboration between Iran and Armenia.

Referring to the pace of the global economic growth, he reiterated the need for economic development in Caucasus, in particular in the coming years.

On the first day of his visit to Armenia on Thursday, Zanganeh met President Robert Koucharian, prime minister, energy minister, head of presidential institution and the Armenian chairman of Iran-Armenia Economic Commission and discussed matters of mutual concern.

The two sides signed an agreement on transfer of gas from Iran to Armenia and a memorandum of understanding on collaboration in the field of energy on Thursday.

... Payvand News - 5/14/04 ... --



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