Meghri

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Meghri
Մեղրի
community
Meghri
Meghri
Meghri is located in Armenia
Meghri
Meghri
Coordinates: 38°54′08″N 46°14′18″E / 38.90222°N 46.23833°E / 38.90222; 46.23833Coordinates: 38°54′08″N 46°14′18″E / 38.90222°N 46.23833°E / 38.90222; 46.23833
Country  Armenia
Marz Syunik
Founded 17th century
Government
 • Mayor Sergey Hayrapetyan
Area[1]
 • Total 3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 4,900
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zone GMT +4

Meghri (Armenian: Մեղրի) is a town in southern Armenia, located in the Syunik Province, near the border with Iran. The town's economy is based on the food industry, and contains a bread-baking factory, canneries and a winery. Meghri has a significantly milder climate than the rest of the cities in Armenia, and produces fruits not found in other parts of the country. The National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (ARMSTAT) reported its population was 4,775 in 2010,[2] down from 4,805 at the 2001 census.[3]

A nearby Russian military base houses around 2,000 soldiers, who along with Armenian soldiers guard the border with Iran. The Iran-Armenia Natural Gas Pipeline passes through the city. In early 2007, it was reported that the governments of Armenia, Russia, and Iran are planning to build an oil refinery for gasoline export to Iran. This project would be led by Gazprom.

Meghri is the only place in Armenia that produces pomegranate.

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