Armenia Kyrgyzstan Sign Agreement

BISHKEK (Armenpress)–Armenian President Robert Kocharian and his Kyrgyz counterpart Askar Akayev signed the Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek on April 4. President Akayev said the agreement is proof that both countries are eager to develop multilateral relations.

"I am sure this new agreement will raise our relationship to a new level," Akayev said. Both presidents stressed the need to first strengthen trade and economic cooperation.

The two presidents have also agreed to set up an intergovernmental cooperation commission. The first session of the new body took place in Bishkek on April 4. Akayev singled out jewelry–software design and cooperation in e-development as areas for cooperation.

Representatives of both governmen’s also signed agreemen’s on military-technical collaboration–evasion of double taxation and opening direct flights between the two capitals.

Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have no contradictions regarding deployment of forces of anti-terrorism coalition in Kygyzstan that are participating in anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan–Akayev said.

Akayev said the coalition forces stationing in his country was temporary–adding that Kyrgyzstan remained faithful its obligations to the CIS Collective Security Treaty.

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