Kocharian to Pay Official Visits to Lebanon Turkmen’stan in November

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At a press briefing on October 27–presidential spokesman Vahe Gabrielian presented the working schedule of the President of Armenia for the period until November 19. In particular–on November 18-19–a delegation led by Robert Kocharian will participate in the OSCE summit in Istanbul–where a 21st Century European Security Charter will be submitted to the presidents for approval.

On November 2-4–the President of Armenia will pay an official visit to Lebanon–and on November 15-16–to Turkmen’stan. As part of the visit it is planned to signed an intergovernmental agreement "On combined international shipmen’s"–an agreement "On holding consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and Lebanon"–a "Business Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and Lebanon in 2000-2001." Robert Kocharian will meet with President of Lebanon Emil Lahoud–Parliament Speaker Nabiy Berri–Prime Minister Selim Hoss. He will visit the Armenian Embassy in Lebanon–the Lebanese University and the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia–and will lay a wreath at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Kocharian will attend a concert of artists from Armenia to be held under the aegis of the two countries’ presidents and a ceremonial opening of an exhibition of the Armenian National Picture Gallery.

In Turkmen’stan–which–in the Armenian President’s opinion–may become a serious economic partner–it is planned to hold consultations aimed at boosting business ties.

Vahe Gabrielian also reported that the President of Armenia will attend the presentation of the 5th Jubilee National Report "On Human Development in Armenia" to be held at the UN Armenia Office this week.

In November–Robert Kocharian will take part in the opening of the last section of the Goris-Lachin-Stepanakert highway extending to 8.7 km. (the cost of the project is 791 million drams–or nearly $1.49 million; the total cost of the 69-kilometer-long road will amount to $10.3 million). Kocharian will also attend the ceremonies of putting into operation 15 residential buildings in Giumri and Vanadzor by the American Red Cross. The government of Armenia is also involved in this program financed by the Lincy Foundation. The government of Armenia ensures the construction of exterior infrastructure of the buildings: $70 million have been allocated to Vanadzor and $60 million to Giumri from the state budget for the purpose this year.

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