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Ahmadinejad's Armenia Visit Postponed

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 6 (ICANA) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was scheduled to visit Yerevan today postponed his visit to another date.
Monday, June 06, 2011 11:53:37 AM
Ahmadinejad's Armenia Visit Postponed

Ahmadinejad was to leave Tehran for Yerevan today in a bid to explore avenues for the further expansion of ties between the two neighboring states.

The exact date of his trip is still unclear.

Ahmadinejad was last in Armenia in 2007. During the trip, the two sides signed four memoranda of understanding and issued a joint communiqué on the expansion of bilateral cooperation.

Iran and Armenia have taken major strides towards promoting mutual relations in the past few years. The bilateral trade volume between the two states stands at nearly $270 million, a figure that is expected to climb in a near future, according to officials.

Iran and Armenia have expanded cooperation in power and gas swap in recent years.

Iran mainly exports natural gas to Armenia and imports power supplies from the Caucasian state through two transfer lines with a total power transfer capacity of 220kw/ph at present.

Last week, Iranian Minister of Energy Majid Namjou announced that the two countries would increase swap of electricity once the third power transmission line is completed.

"The construction phase of the third power transmission line between the two countries will start in the next two weeks," Namjou told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with Armenian Energy and Natural Resources Minister Armen Movsisian.

He added the new line will bring the volume of power exchange between the two countries from the current 300mw to 500-800 mw.

The minister said that over $110million of funding is needed for the construction of the new power transmission line.

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