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Armenia: President Winds Up Iran Visit

Tehran, 27 December 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian President Robert Kocharian today ended a three-day official visit to Iran which included talks with the country's top leaders and the signing of 10 agreements. State television says the accords cover cooperation in the fields of civil engineering, energy, the environment, customs, and the protection of historic and cultural monuments.

Kocharian had talks with Iran's leaders, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mohammad Khatami.

An official joint statement issued at the end of Kocharian's visit includes a call for a peaceful solution to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated enclave in Azerbaijan.

Iran and Armenia last year started building a $124 million gas pipeline -- 100 kilometers in Iran and 41 kilometers in Armenia -- able to carry 1.5 million cubic meters of gas per day from Iran to Armenia, dpa noted.

Tehran and Yerevan also have -- together with Greece -- a tripartite military accord which is regarded very critically by Armenia's neighbor, Azerbaijan, and its main ally, Turkey.

The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992, and Tehran considers Armenia one of the most advanced technological members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).