Armenian, Georgian PMs Meet In Yerevan


Civil Georgia, Georgia
Aug 21 2014

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Aug.’14 / 17:44

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Armenian PM Hovik Abrahamyan said after meeting his Georgian
counterpart, Irakli Garibashvili, in Yerevan on August 21, that the
two prime ministers reiterated “friendly” relations and expressed
willingness to further develop bilateral ties.

PM Garibashvili, who is paying a two-day official visit to Armenia,
said Tbilisi and Yerevan will “spare no efforts to further deepen”
close ties between the two countries.

Consequences of Armenia’s decision to join Russian-led Customs Union
and Georgia’s Association Agreement with the EU on bilateral trade
were one of the key issues of discussion when Armenian President
Serzh Sargsyan visited Tbilisi in June.

Armenian PM said that moving towards different economic blocs would
not affect bilateral trade relations, on the contrary, he said,
Armenia and Georgia can benefit from it.

Armenia’s deputy foreign minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, told Georgian
journalists in Yerevan on August 21 that regardless of foreign policy
course of the two neighboring countries, bilateral trade and economic
relations between Georgia and Armenian should deepen.

“So [Georgian] PM’s visit to Armenia is very important. After our
country [Armenia] joins the Customs Union, some products would still
be eligible for preferential treatment; final details of the list
are being discussed,” the Armenian deputy foreign minister said.

Armenian PM said that modernization of border infrastructure between
the two countries was also discussed.

The two PMs announced that Armenia and Georgia would jointly build a
new bridge at Sadakhlo border-crossing point between the two countries.

PM Garibashvili noted 41.5% year-on-year increase in bilateral trade
turnover between Georgia and Armenia in the first half of 2014.

“It demonstrates that trade, economic relations between our friendly
countries are further developing and we will of course continue this
trend,” Garibashvili said.

He said that “importance of providing peace and stability in the
region” was also discussed during the meeting.

Georgian and Armenian PMs also discussed landslide in Georgia’s
Dariali gorge, which damaged pipeline supplying Russian gas to Armenia
via Georgia and which cut traffic on the road linking Georgia with
Russia. The road is also important for Armenia as it is the only land
access for this country to Russia via Georgia.

Armenian PM Abrahamyan expressed readiness to provide assistance in
responding consequences of the landslide. The Georgian PM said that
he expects the gas pipeline to be restored in two-three days.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS