Iran Armenia Stress Closer Ties Sign Agreement

MOSCOW (IRNA)–Armenian Prime Minister Antranig Markarian in a meeting between the Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group said that bilateral ties between Tehran and Yerevan are strategic and long term–adding that President Robert Kocharian’s trip to Tehran–as well as meetings between the joint commission have contributed in cementing bilateral ties.

He described bilateral cooperation in the energy sector as ‘important’ stressing that tariff hurdles must be overcome–and trade cooperation increased.

Markarian also said that parliamentary relations are important for speedy implementation of signed agreemen’s.

Meanwhile–Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and the head of Armenia’s Presidential office and Chairman of the Iran-Armenia Economic Commission Ardashes Tumanian signed a developmental affairs agreement on Wednesday.

Tumanian thanked Iran’saying that it had been making solid efforts to preserve peace and stability in the region and contribute to the development of Armenia.

"Iran’s efforts to get involved in development projects in Armenia’strengthen all-out ties between the two states–and contribute to defuse tensions due to the Karabakh crisis," he noted.

Kharrazi commented on the many bonds between the two states–singling out implementation of economic projects and trade transactions between Iran and Armenia.

At the end of the meeting–Kharrazi and Armenian officials signed a $2.5 million economic agreement.

Tumanian was in Tehran leading a seventeen man economic delegation attending the Fourth Iran-Armenia Economic Commission session.

The project to transfer gas from Iran to Armenia–education and research–organizing of short-term training courses–credit and financial-related issues–preferential tariffs–transfer of power–technical and electrical technology–cooperation in the fields of transportation–telecommunications–banking and trade were the focus of talks between Iranian and Armenian officials.

The Export Promotion Center of Iran and the Armenian Development Agency also signed on Wednesday–a memorandum of understanding on trade–energy and education cooperation.

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