Hariri Completes Visit Meets Prime Minsiter

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan/Armenpress)–Prime Minister Armen Darbinian met with Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri Tuesday.

Darbinian reported that during a private meeting with Hariri the two discussed issues relative to economic and political cooperation.

Darbinian noted that during the previous visit of the Lebanese delegation the sides discussed possible economic cooperation–in particular–in the spheres of finance–banking system–energy–telecommunications. He said that the current visit will settle more definite mechanisms of cooperation.

Welcoming the delegation which also included six Armenian member of the Lebanese parliament–Darbinian informed the guests that among the many tasks the new government of Armenia faces is the responsibility to continue economic reforms and maintain what has already been achieved. He stressed the importance of creating favorable conditions for cooperation.

Congratulating Darbinian on his new appointment–Hariri noted that his government will develop and strengthen relations with Armenia.

Hariri invited his Armenian counterpart to visit Lebanon. Accepting the invitation–Darbinian considered reasonable to sign concrete bilateral agreemen’s during his visit to Lebanon.

Introducing Armenia’s government members–Darbinian mentioned that during the previous meeting an agreement was reached with the Lebanese side to form a joint governmental commission and that it was now possible to appoint commission members.

Hariri also met with National Assembly Speaker Khosrov Harutiunian–who referred to the significance of Armenia-Lebanon relations and voiced confidence that the existing mutually advantageous cooperation between the two nations would have positive results.

The Lebanese official–as well–viewed Armenian-Lebanese cooperation as promising. He also stressed the importance of interparliamentary ties and expressed optimism that joint programs would embrace the trade and economic as well as the scientific and cultural spheres in the near future.

Commenting on Hariri’s visit–Lebanese Minister of Regional Management Hakob Demirchian–who was a member of the delegation visiting Armenia–said the visit’s aim was to offer Kocharian congratulations on his victory. Demirchian assessed that Lebanese-Armenian mutual relations are yet to be developed and strengthened.

The Lebanese parliamentarian said the development of economic and political relations is interconnected and it would be wrong to separate them. Mutual visits and agreemen’s will surely contribute to the cooperation’s growth. Among the mostly favorable fields for interactivities–the Minster stressed commerce-economy–tourism and culture which are to be strengthened by the active work of the two government.

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