Armenia eager to get gas pipeline construction

Published November 9th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Yerevan wants the planned construction of a gas pipeline between Iran and Armenia to be speeded up, the defence minister said during a visit to Tehran on Wednesday. 

 

Serge Sarkissian, in talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, called for an "acceleration" of the project, which he said could "contribute to and reinforce relations," state radio reported here. 

 

For his part Kharazi said the necessary preparations for the "very important" project had been completed and that Iran was ready to go ahead with construction of the 140-kilometer (90-mile) pipeline. 

 

The pipeline, part of a series of bilateral energy accords the two nations have signed since 1995, would carry up to one billion cubic meters (35 billion cubic feet) of natural gas annually. 

 

The two ministers also discussed bilateral relations, state radio said. Sarkissian, who arrived in Tehran on Tuesday, also met with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami earlier in the day.—AFP. 

©--Agence France Presse. 

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