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Iran and Georgia choose Armenia

Friday, February 19
Tehran and Tbilisi are holding negotiations for the supply of 200 million cubic meters of Iranian gas to Georgia.

The statement came from the General Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC), Alireza Kameli.

According to him, the gas will be transported through Armenia.

"Tehran and Tbilisi are in talks to export 200 million cubic meters of Iranian gas to this country in the Caucasus," the SHANA Agency quotes Kameli, who spoke after the talks held in Tehran between Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze.

"Enterprises of the Georgian state and the private sector are interested in buying gas from Iran," Kameli said. "It is expected that gas supplies to Georgia will begin in the next Iranian year (starts on March 21)."

According to him, the first contract is signed for 7 months, and it will serve as a basis for possible further cooperation in this field. He also said that "Georgia is yet to receive permission for gas transit through the territory of its neighbouring country. If the economic feasibility of the transaction is confirmed, in the future we can talk about medium and long-term contracts on gas supplies to Georgia," Kameli concluded.

It should be noted that both Azerbaijan and Armenia were ready to deliver Iranian gas to Georgia. The details were to be discussed during the visit of Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze to Tehran. (