Kocharian Stresses Significance of Georgian Transport Routes

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian met with Georgian Foreign Minister Irakly Menagarishvili Monday to discuss bilateral relations as well as issues of regional cooperation.

Highly assessing the established relations between Armenia and Georgia–Kocharian said–"We have to strive to bring the level of our relations in accordance with our strategic goals."

During the meeting the Georgian official reportedly addressed the Abkhazian settlement.

He said that Georgia’s President Eduard Shevardnadze had initiated a special CIS meeting to discuss the given situation.

The two exchanged their views on Armenian-Georgian cooperation. It was agreed that although relations have developed dynamically–they still do not correspond to the geographical potential and aspirations of the two countries. Observing that the region has great potential for economic progress–Kocharian and Menagarishvili stressed the need for its utilization.

According to Kocharian–the development of transport routes is–perhaps–the top-priority problem in Armenia-Georgia relations. Referring to the need for better use of possibilities of Georgia’s transit roads–in particular–the ports of Batumi and Poti–Kocharian stressed the importance of joint implementation of programs and creating new capacities–as well as Armenia’s participation in these programs.

The participants of the meeting attached significance to the regulated work of both countries’ foreign ministries.

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