Lebanon and Syria to Open Embassies in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Musa are expected to visit Armenia in June–according to agreemen’s reached during Armenian Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian’s visits to the countries. According to the minister–issues of joint economic and social ventures will be discussed. Also agreemen’s on trade and double taxation are expected to be signed. During his meeting with journalists Arzoumanian said that Syria’s charge d’affaires to Armenia would take office in the coming weeks and that Lebanon’s embassy was expected to open in Armenia’soon. Arzoumanian also said that following his speech in the League of Arab States–Secretary-General of the organization Ismat Abdel Mahid said that the League absolutely shared the views of the Armenian minister that the Karabakh conflict was not of religious nature–but was merely a problem of self-determination.

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