President of Belarus Ends Official Visit to Armenia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived in Yerevan–on May 24–to take part in the CIS Collective Security Treaty session. Following the summit–Lukashenko began his official visit.

The Belarussian delegation included the state secretary on national security–the ministers of foreign–defense–finance–agriculture and food–as well as other top government officials.

Armenian President Robert Kocharian held enlarged negotiations with his counterpart–which were followed with the signing of a range of bilateral agreemen’s.

The signing ceremony was followed by a joint news conference. President Kocharian said that the official visit of Lukashenko to Armenia gave a wonderful opportunity to "make an inventory" of all spheres of Armenian-Belarussian relations.

The Armenian President also said that after conducting three sessions of the Armenia-Belarus intergovernmental commission–there is now a clearer picture about the prospects for launching mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation.

Kocharian said he and his counterpart had discussed a wide range of issues–related to regional and international issues–adding that the two governmen’s had similar positions on several matters. He also said that Armenia was looking forward to the appointment of the Belarus ambassador to Yerevan–who will be the first Belarussian ambassador to the region. Kocharian also thanked the government of Belarus for extending a helping hand to overcome the aftereffects of last year’s severe drought that damaged Armenian agriculture.

In his turn Lukashenko described the current level of relations between Armenia and his country as "very friendly–which is very important for developing further bilateral relations." He said the main objective of the visit was to look into possibilities for enlarging economic relations with Armenia. "The signed documen’s have laid the legal foundation for efficient development of relations in trade and economic cooperation," he said. Lukashenko also thanked Kocharian for giving a very warm and friendly welcome to the Belarussian delegation.

Later in the day Lukashenko paid a visit to the Armenian parliament. The parliament public relations department quoted Lukashenko as saying that "there are no difficulties between Armenia’s and Belarussia’s in understanding one another."

Lukashenko extended an invitation to the parliament leadership to visit Minsk. Within the framework of his visit the leader of Belarus also visited the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan and Etchmiadzin.

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