TEHRAN — Iran private sector consortium will invest $571million in tow projects in Armenia for commissioning the third power transmission like from Armenia to Iran and boosting the Aras River hydroelectric power plant capacity to 1.7 giga watts per year, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou stated.
Referring to the recent visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his entourage to Armenia, the minister said that Iran will establish a pipeline to transfer gas to Armenian and, in return, will import electricity from the neighboring country.
To boost their economic and trade ties, Iran and Armenia are preparing the ground for signing a free trade agreement, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said.
The move toward a free trade agreement comes as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Yerevan.
The foreign minister added that “Armenia is an important neighbor for Iran and the relations between the two countries after (Armenia’s) Independence have improved deeply,” Salehi also said during the Friday to Yerevan President Ahmadinejad insisted tat he annual trad between Iran and Armenia to reach $1 billion annually.
President Ahmadinejad and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan signed five cooperating agreements and memorandums of understanding during the visit.
Building and operating hydroelectric power plants on Aras River which runs along the two countries’ border, cooperation between national standards institutes of the two sides, cooperation int he social welfare sector, and cooperation in the filed of environment protection were among the agreements.
Armenian Ambassador to Iran, Grigor Arakelyan said that trade turnover between Tehran and Yerevan grew up by 40 percent, reaching to $300 million last year,