Oskanian Visits Israel

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian left for Israel Wednesday. The Armenian foreign ministry said Oskanian will meet with the "Israeli leadership–senior diplomats and other officials" to discuss "development" of bilateral ties.

Ministry officials said the two sides are expected to sign an agreement on economic cooperation.

Armenia and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1992 but have since not opened embassies in each other’s capital citing financial problems.

The jurisdiction of Israel’s ambassador to Georgia also extends to Armenia–while interests of Yerevan are represented by an unofficial "honorary consul" in Jerusalem.

Armenia has enjoyed cordial relationships with Israel’s two arch-enemies–Iran and Syria.

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