Belarus Prime Minister Arrives in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Upon arriving at the Yerevan Zvartnots airport Monday–Belarus Prime Minister Vladimir Yermoshin said–"I think the level of Armenian-Belarusian cooperation in trade and economic sector does not correspond to the available potential. The most specific problem is that we have not so far determined the priority areas that may become mutually beneficial."

Yermoshin arrived in Yerevan to take part in the joint session of the Armenian-Belarus intergovernmental trade-economic commission.

Yermoshin also said that the Belarusian Defense Minister is expected to pay a visit to Armenia in early December. Belarus president Aleksander Lukashenko has expressed that he does not plan to consider Armenian-Belarus cooperation in the military-technical area during a two-day visit but said that "we are ready to start a close cooperation in this area as well."

"We have discussed these issues during Armenian Prime Minister Markarian’s visit to Belarus–and the Armenian side is currently considering our proposals," Yermoshin said.

Yermoshin also announced that the big Armenian-Belarusian agreement on Friendship and Cooperation is ready. It will be signed by the two prime ministers and ratified by the leaders of the two countries during President Lukashenko’s upcoming visit to Armenia’scheduled for next year.

During the two-day visit–the Belarusian officials will have meetings with senior governmental officials–pay a visit to Yerevan Brandy Company and Jewelry plant. Agreemen’s on cooperation in the areas of tourism–publication and exchange of information are also to be signed.

Prime Minister Andranik Markarian met Belarus Prime Minister Vladimir Yermoshin–who is on a two-day official visit to Armenia. The two stressed the need for creating the necessary legislative and legal framework for the purpose of developing trade and economic cooperation. The sides agreed that the current trade between the two countries is unsatisfactory–and at the same time expressing a hope that next year would be marked by positive changes due to the intensified efforts to develop a mutually advantageous cooperation.

After creating the necessary legal bases–one should move forward along certain trends slowly but surely–Markarian emphasized. Yermoshin–on behalf of his state–expressed readiness to initiate dialogue on any of the fields planned for cooperation. The Belarus Prime Minister said although his country has experienced serious difficulties–nevertheless it was ready to lend a helping hand to Armenia to alleviate the consequences of the summer drought.

Armenia’s ambassador to Belarus Suren Harutunian told Armenpress that the main focus of negotiations will be put on giving a new impetus to trade and economic relations between the two countries. A number of agreemen’s on enriching the basis of legal contacts between the two countries are expected to be signed during the visit.

The Belarus Prime Minister will be accompanied by a group of businessmen who along with their Armenian counterparts are expected to explore possibilities for launching a mutually beneficial cooperation.

According to the ambassador–the visit will raise the level of both political and economic relations between the two countries to a new quality.

The ambassador also mentioned that the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Belarus will sign a big agreement–which will be later ratified by the leaders of the two countries during Belarus’ President Lukashenko’s upcoming visit to Yerevan.

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