Iran, Armenia agree on energy cooperation, call relations "positive"

08:18, October 27, 2010      

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (L) in Tehran, capital of Iran, on Oct. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

Iran and its northern neighbor Armenia on Tuesday signed three memorandums of understanding (MoU) and referred to their relations as growing and "positive."

The two countries signed an MoU on energy cooperation and agreed to cooperate in technology and research and enhance their cooperation in commerce and economy, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

No details were released on the content of the agreements which were signed in the Iran-Armenia joint trade conference on Tuesday.

The visiting Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said on the sidelines of the meeting that the relations between the two countries are "positive" and that "we should further the cooperations."

The recent negotiations show that there are good potentials to enhance the relations between Iran and Armenia, he said according to IRNA.

"On constructing the railway to join two countries, positive steps were taken and the relevant studies on the project are underway," he was quoted as saying.

In the meeting with Sargsyan on Monday, Iranian first Vice- President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi urged for the prompt implementation of the bilaterally-agreed railway projects which also link Armenia with other countries via Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday hailed the " positive and growing" relations between Iran and Armenia, the local satellite Press TV reported.

The two countries must develop their potentials and strengthen bilateral cooperation in different areas, Ahmadinejad said during a meeting with the visiting Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan in Tehran.

"Bolstering trade cooperation, implementation of different projects on transportation, energy, and joint investment will create links between regional nations," Iranian president was quoted as saying.

For his part, the Armenian Prime Minister said Tehran and Yerevan have a common stance on mutual and regional issues.

Armenia welcomes more economic, political and cultural ties with Iran, said Sargsyan.

On Monday, Iranian first Vice-President said in meeting with Sargsyan that historically, Armenians and Muslims enjoyed brotherly relations and efforts should be made to enhance the bilateral relations.

There is no limit to boost the relations between the two countries and Iran is ready to promote cooperation in areas of politics, medicine and health, commerce and economy, he said.

The currencies of the two countries can be used for commercial transactions between Iran and Armenia, Rahimi said.

For his part, Sargsyan called for enhancing bilateral ties on energy exchanges, railway transportation, science and medicine.

Heading a politico-economic delegation from Armenia's chamber of commerce, Sargsyan arrived in Tehran on Monday, at the invitation of Rahimi, for major economic talks.

In October, Armenia and Iran launched the construction of a third power transmission line which will increase the power exchange capacity between the two countries to 1,000 megawatts from the current level of 350-400 megawatts.

Armenia exports electricity to Iran in return for the natural gas supplies.

Source: Xinhua

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