Armenian Defense Minister Meets With Greek Leaders

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Defense Minister Serge Sarkisian–who is on an official visit in Athens–met with Greek counterpart Akis Tsokhadzopulos and discussed the situation in the Balkans and Caucasus and ways for enlarging bilateral cooperation.

Defense Minister Tsokhadzopulos emphasized the need for a peaceful solution of the Cyprus issue–and Cyprus’s accession to the European Union. He expressed hope that Turkey’s drive to join the EU will make the latter change its policy–which will ease tension between Turkey and Greece and aid for a solution of the Cyprus issue.

Minister of Defense Serge Sargsian also met with President of Greece Konstantinos Stephanopulos on March 27. They discussed tasks of the Armenian-Greek military–political cooperation–problems of regional security and military-political processes.

The Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia announced Sargsian met with his Greek counterpart Akisom Tsokhadzopulos and Head of the National Headquarters of National Security Parayudakis. The leaders discussed the possibilities of expanding cooperation between the military departmen’s of the two countries in the military-educational sphere–as well as the issue of implementing joint programs of defensive importance. They also specified the position of the two countries concerning the problem of military-political cooperation.

On March 29–Serge Sargsian visited the Academy of Land Forces in Greece to meet with Armenian students. All meetings have been held in an atmosphere of absolute mutual understanding and as a result–effective negotiations and mutually advantageous agreemen’s have been reached.

The Armenian delegation headed by Minister Sargsian will return to Yerevan on March 30.

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