Armenia, Iran discuss increasing gas supply to Armenia

By Asbarez | Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Armenia and Iran discussed increasing of gas supply to Armenia. (Source: ArmRadio)

Armenia and Iran discussed increasing of gas supply to Armenia. (Source: ArmRadio)

TEHRAN (ArmRadio)—Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan had a phone conversation with Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri on Wednesday, discussing a wide range of issues related to the further expansion and deepening of economic cooperation between Armenia and Iran.

Abrahamyan asked Jahangiri to increase the volume of gas supply to Armenia, considering that the delivery of Russian natural gas to Armenia has been halted for a month because of reconstruction works on the damaged parts of the pipeline on the Georgian territory. The response from the Iranian side was positive.

Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.

Bulgaria’s energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova discussed opportunities for deepening bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, particularly in the field of natural gas with her Iranian counterpart Bijan Namdar Zangeneh in Tehran, the ministry said in a statement, according to Natural Gas Europe.

The meeting between energy ministers was part of an official visit to Iran by Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov. Separately, Borisov announced that Bulgaria and Iran would explore a transport corridor project that would link Bulgaria and Iran through Armenia and Georgia that could carry gas.

A new transport corridor between the Gulf and the Black Sea, linking Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Bulgaria will be discussed during forthcoming expert meeting in Sofia, according to a prime minister office statement.