Argentina’s Minister Wraps Up Armenian Visit


Aug 31, 2005

YEREVAN, AUGUST 31, ARMENPRESS: Before wrapping up a two-day official
visit to Armenia, Argentina’s foreign and trade minister Rafael Bielsa
took a stroll around Armenia’s main Zvartnots airport, managed by an
Argentine company, Corporacion America, owned by an ethnic Armenian
billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian.

The Armenian government approved last week a revised master plan
of the company that pledged to increase its declared investments of
$84 million to $105 million for building another Zvartnots terminal
to keep up with growing air travel to and from Armenia. Corporacion
America took over Zvartnots in 2002 after signing a 30-year management
contract with the Armenian government.

Asked by reporters to describe his country’s relations with Armenia
Bielsa said they are ‘excellent.” He also praised the 100,000 strong
Armenian community in his country, saying they are an integral part
of the society. He also said he was greatly impressed by a visit
to Argentinean school in Yerevan and by a meeting with Catholicos
Karekin II.

Bielsa said officials of his country’s foreign ministry will come to
Armenia soon to find a convenient location in Yerevan for Argentina’s
embassy here, that will most likely start operating before the end
of the year.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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