Shevardnadze Concludes Armenia Visit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and his delegation met with the National Assembly Speaker–Babken Ararktsian Friday in Yerevan.

Shevardnadze’s delegation included Georgia’s State Minister Nikoloz Lekishvili and President of the Georgian Academy of Sciences Albert Tavkhelidze.

Ararktsian stressed the importance of Shevardnadze’s visit by describing it as a necessary phase in the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Angry Armenian and Georgian journalists who were forced to leave the hall during Shevardnadze’s speech caused a minor disruption. Security officers explained that in accordance to state mandated regulations–journalists were only allowed to be present for the first seven minutes of Shevardnadze’s speech.

At a separate meeting between Prime Minister Robert Kocharian and Georgia’s State Minister Lekishvili–the two discussed the economic conditions of Armenia and Georgia. They also addressed the necessity of economic cooperation and the extension of ties in the fields of communication–energy and industry.

Later–the President of the Armenian National Academy of Science Fadey Sargssian and Tavkhelidze discussed the restoration and extension of scientific ties between Armenia and Georgia.

In relation to the draft agreement between the two academies Tavkhelidze said that this draft will be brought up for consideration at the Presidium of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. According to him–it is necessary to restore the ties between the scientific fields and strengthen the direct contacts between the institutes and separate scientists.

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