Armenia Iran Greece Sign Cooperation Agreement

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The foreign ministers of Armenia–Iran and Greece met in Tehran on Wednesday–September 9. Armenia’s delegation at the meeting was represented by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian.

The three foreign ministers reportedly discussed prospects for trilateral economic cooperation. The outlined progress in the work of the established commissions and the situations in the Balkans–Nagorno Karabakh and Afghanistan were also discussed.

The ministers signed a "Memorandum on Mutual Understanding" in which the importance of the implementation of the project of building an Iran-Armenia gas pipeline was outlined–and an agreement on adopting a final decision on this issue during the next meeting of the energy commission was reached.

The sides also stressed the importance of the implementation of the project of laying out a fiberoptic cable from Yerevan to the Georgian border. A commission on the alleviation of consequences of natural calamities and industrial emergencies–ecology and public health was also set up. Further activities on trilateral cooperation were outlined.

The sides agreed that the next meeting of foreign ministers discussing trilateral cooperation will be held in Yerevan in a year.

The same day Vartan Oskanian and his Greek counterpart Pangalos held a separate meeting to discuss prospects for peaceful settlemen’s of the Cypriot and Karabakh conflicts as well as issues pertaining to the upcoming summit of the OSCE in Oslo.

On Wednesday–the foreign ministers of Armenia and Greece were received by the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Khatami–who highly commended the work of the trilateral cooperation.

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Iran discussed bilateral relations–the latest political developmen’s in the region–the Karabakh settlement as well as the situation in Afghanistan.


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