Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian in Italy

ROME (Armenpress)–Foreign Minister Oskanian arrived in Italy on October 18–to mark the third official visit of an Armenian Foreign Minister to Italy since 1998.

In a meeting with his Italian counterpart Franco Frattini–the ministers discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues–taking into consideration the prospects of developing relations. They specifically addressed Armenia’s economic development–and Italy’s knowledge of small and medium enterprises–as well as the tourism industry.

They also spoke of expanding cultural relations as well as those concerning health care–and education.

In the course of their political discussions–they addressed Armenia’s integration into Europe within the framework of EU’s New Neighborhood Policy–as well as Armenia’s and Italy’s cooperation within international organizations.

They also thoroughly covered urgent international policy issues–developmen’s in the South Caucasus–the Mountainous Karabagh conflict–and Armenian-Turkish relations.

Oskanian also visited The Vatican and met with Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo–the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

In 1998–the two countries signed documen’s to encourage mutual protection of capital investmen’s–and consultation between their foreign services. During his second visit to Italy in June 2002–Oskanian signed an inter-governmental treaty on taxation.

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