YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian met with the Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Adeli and Secretary General of Foreign Ministry of Greece Georgios Savaidis on February 13–who arrived in Yerevan–Armenia within the framework of the Iran-Armenia-Greece trilateral cooperation.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry’s press office reported that during the meeting–the sides referred to the possibilities of making the trilateral cooperation more effective and beneficiary for the three countries. Issues concerning the possible participation of the representatives of private sector and scientific circles in the trilateral cooperation were also discussed.
Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Armen Martirosian opened the sixth session of the executive committee meeting of the trilateral Armenia-Greece-Iran Cooperation.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hosein Adeli commented the meeting is taking place when bilateral relations among the three countries are becoming more developed–encompassing diverse range of issues. He also praised the trilateral cooperation–established in 1997–for fulfilling provisions of the trilateral agreement.
After the meeting–while speaking to reporters the Armenian Deputy Minister Martirosian said Greece and a number of European Union member countries are interested in the construction of Iran-Armenia gas pipeline–which is on the agenda of the meeting–along with other energy-related topics. He singled out the Greek company "Asprofos"–which has helped carry out the technical-economic substantiation of the project–and is expected to be presented to possible investors soon. The entire cost of the project is estimated at $120 million. Martirosian said that the last December visit of Armenian President Robert Kocharian to Iran breathed new life into the project.
Another area of common interest among the three countries is the construction of power plants. Construction of a hydro power station on the border river of Arax and a thermal power plant are some of the components of energy plans. Regarding the thermal power plant–Armenia has proposed that it be constructed on Iranian territory so that instead of coal–the generated energy could be imported to Armenia.
Martirosian also said Armenia could apply Greece’s experience in gas distribution and bill collection. He said the date of President Kocharian’s visit to Turkmen’stan where he will discuss terms of Turkmen gas supplies to Armenia across Iran–will be known within the next month.
The trilateral cooperation will also discuss laying of an optical-fiber communication line that will connect the Armenian city Meghri with the Iranian city Marand–cooperation in exploitation of coal mines in Iran–creation of a united energy database–of joint ventures and other issues.