By Kamila Aliyeva
Georgia plans to realize a deal on gas imports from the Islamic Republic of Iran within a month, said Gholamreza Bagheri Moghaddam, the head of General Department of CIS and Caucasus Countries of the Foreign Ministry of Iran.
Bagheri told IRNA that Georgia has purchased Iranian gas, but it has not yet been imported from Iran. "Georgia stated that it will start implementing gas imports deal within a month," the head of the department said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Tbilisi on April 18, heading a delegation of 20 companies and businessmen representing Iran's public and private sector.
This visit was held at the invitation of the Georgian high-ranking diplomats on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the former Soviet republics.
Bagheri also added that next week Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will pay a visit to Tehran.
In July 2016, Ali Reza Kameli, managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) confirmed that Tehran has signed a MoU with the GIEC to export gas to the country within a 4-month period.
Almost 40 million cubic meters of gas will be sold to the company under the test agreement.
Georgian Deputy Energy Minister Mariam Valishvili said last August that the Energy Ministry does not have information on contracts for the import of Iranian gas into the country.
Valishvili added that the government of Georgia has not concluded contracts for the supply of such gas. "We have no idea about the volumes, the companies that signed the contract, and the region where the gas will be supplied," the deputy minister said.
Currently, Azerbaijan is the main supplier of gas to Georgia. Small volumes are also supplied from Russia.
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