Azeri, Iranian presidents to honor official commencement of Iranian gas delivery to NAR

Politics Materials 9 December 2005 14:24 (UTC +04:00)

An official ceremony of Iranian gas supply to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR) is scheduled for late this December, Novruz Mammadov, the head of the International Relations Department of the President’s Executive Power, told Trend.

Azerbaijani and Iranian President, Ilham Aliyev and Mahmud Ahmadinejdet, are expected to honor the ceremony. The two leaders discussed the issue at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference in Mecca.

According to Mammadov, no decision on the exact date of the event has been taken. �

The Azerbaijani President and I guess the Iranian leader have given appropriate instructions in this respect. The sides are currently discussing the date of the event,” he added.

Iranian gas delivery to the NAR, the first over the past 15 years, was set up on 3 November. Over 12,000 subscribers will be supplied with gas in NAR. Besides, Azerbaijani gas
has been delivered to Iran since 1 November for provision of the north-east regions of the country. In the initial stage its is planned to import 52 million cu m of gas a year, in 2006 - 250 million cu m, while from 2007 it is will be increased 350 million cu m. In exchange, �blue fuel’ in the same volume will be supplied to Iran through Astara.