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Gas pipeline from Iran to Armenia dominates Georgian PM's talks

Yerevan, March 12, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- A gas pipeline from Iran to Armenia was among the topics that topped the agenda of talks Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli and authorities in Yerevan on Friday and Saturday.

"We want the gas pipeline from Iran to Armenia that is under construction to be used in the future for gas imports to Georgia," Nogaideli said on Saturday, summing up the results of his visit to Yerevan.

"This project will benefit Armenia, and if today Georgia is a transit country for Armenia, Armenia will then become a transit country for Georgia," he said.

Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan said, "The Georgian side raised the question of Armenia becoming a transit route for the transportation of gas from Iran to Georgia and Ukraine through Armenia."

Currently Armenia receives natural gas from Russia through Georgia and regards the gas pipeline from Iran as an alternative way to strengthen its energy security.

The head of the Russian-Armenian joint venture ArmRosgazprom, Karen Karapetyan, said earlier that the gas pipeline from Iran would be used exclusively for the internal needs of Armenia and not for transit.

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