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    Fars News Agency, Iran
    June 12 2011

    Official: Iran, Armenia to Widen Transportation Cooperation

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Armenia's transportation officials are seeking to use
    Iran's experience in freeway construction, a senior Iranian official
    announced on Sunday.

    "During the session with Armenian transportation authorities, the two
    sides agreed to hold meetings of expert road and railway
    transportation committees to enable the two countries to use
    transportation links in their public interest and we hope that this
    objective will be well attained in future," Iranian Deputy Minister of
    Road and Transportation Shahryar Afandizadeh told FNA.

    Meantime, the official reminded that Iran and Armenia have already
    established proper ties in the transportation sector.

    He added that the two countries' committees are slated to hold meeting
    in the near future in a bid to enable Armenia use Iran's experience in
    constructing freeways through private sector partnership.

    Afandizadeh also stressed that Iranian contractors are ready to take
    part in the road construction projects in Armenia.

    Earlier this week, Armenian Ambassador to Iran Grigor Arakelyan said
    Iranian and Armenian officials are working hard to connect the two
    countries' transportation systems.

    Arakelyan said Iran and Armenia signed an agreement during a recent
    meeting of the two countries' joint economic cooperation commission in
    Tehran to specify a timetable for conducting joint activities in
    various economic spheres.

    At the end of the meeting both sides agreed that their transportation
    ministries sign a memorandum of understanding in the next three months
    in order to make preparations for constructing the railways, he

    Thus, Iran will undertake to construct a 60-kilometer railway from
    Jolfa, a town located to the north of Tabriz, in East Azarbaijan to
    its borders with Armenia and Armenia, in turn, will construct a
    400-kilometer railway from its border, he stated.

    Iran and Armenia have taken major strides to promote their bilateral
    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 rapidly climb in a near future, according to officials.