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Armenian President Robert Kocharian arrived in Tehran Wednesday to hold talks on Iran's natural gas supply to Armenia.

Kocharian will hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the two-day-visit.

Apart from discussions on gas supply, agreements are expected to be signed in areas including customs, road building, science, education, culture and environment. Kocharian will also meet officials of the Armenian community in Iran. There are about 200,000 Armenians living in Iran.

In 2005, Iran and Armenia started building a 124-million-dollar gas pipeline - 100 kilometers in Iran and 41 in Armenia - capable of carrying 1.5 million cubic meters of gas per day from Iran to Armenia.

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

The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992 and Tehran considers Yerevan to be one of the most advanced technological members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

(AP-Photolur photo: Ahmadinejad shakes hands with Kocharian during a welcoming ceremony for the Armenian leader in Tehran.)
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