Oskanian Meets with Czech Deputy Foreign Minister

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s foreign affairs minister Vartan Oskanian received the deputy foreign affairs minister of the Czech Republic Hinek Kmonicek–Monday.

According to the foreign affairs ministry public relations department–taking into account the mutual interest of the two countries–the two men’stressed the necessity of raising the present level of bilateral relations.

Kmonicek stressed the importance of promoting cooperation between the two countries both in bilateral and multilateral relations. He briefly presented t his country’s foreign policy and the process of the country’s development.

Oskanian noted that studying the Czech Republic’s experience is very important for Armenia–which is in a transitional period. At the request of Kmonicek–Oskanian presented the present situation in Armenia–foreign policy provisions and the present phase of the peaceful regulation of the Karabakh conflict.

In a news conference Monday–Kmonicek said that his country’s ambassador–accredited in Georgia–will also serve as Czech ambassador to Armenia. Until now these duties were performed by the Czech ambassador to Russia.

Kmonicek called on Armenian authorities to boost relations with his country–as "very little had been done over the past ten years to develop bilateral relations." The deputy foreign minister said that all earlier agreemen’s concluded by the two countries must be canceled and new ones must be made along with preparing the legislative work for launching cooperation between Armenia and the Czech republic.

Kmonicek said he had handed Armenia’s trade and industry minister a draft agreement on enhancing Czech investmen’s in Armenia. Armenia’s foreign minister’s visit to the Czech republic–scheduled for the first half of next year is believed to give a new push to diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Kmonicek said that some Czech products–namely pharmaceuticals–tools and Czech glass are in great demand in the Armenian market. In return the Czech companies are ready to invest in the reconstruction of highways and railways connecting Armenia with neighboring Georgia.

According to the deputy minister–the volume of commodity turnover between Armenia and his country is twice as much as that with Georgia.

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