Armenian Georgian Prime Ministers Meet in Batum

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian paid a three-day official visit on July 7 to Batum–the capital of Ajaria–Georgia to participate in the fifth session of the Armenian-Georgian economic cooperation intergovernmental commission.

The Armenian delegation–headed by Prime Minister Margarian–comprised of Armenian Finance and Economy Minister Vardan Khachatrian–Deputy Foreign Minister Gegham Gharibjanian–head of the Armenian State Tax Committee Armen Avetisian–Deputy Energy Minister Areg Galstian–aide to the prime minister Stepan Margarian–executive director of the Armenian Railway company Ararat Khrimian–as well as other officials–businessmen and members of parliament.

In Batum–the Armenian prime minister met with his Georgian counterpart Zurab Noghaideli. Both sides noted the high level of relations and cooperation between the two countries and expressed conviction that during the session of the economic commission–they will discuss a wide-range of bilateral relations issues and develop new proposals directed toward the furthering of economic ties between the two countries.

The prime ministers also noted that all the decisions approved at the 4th session of the commission have been completely implemented–including the opening of Yerevan-Tbilisi-Batumi-Yerevan railway.

After expressing satisfaction over the decision of the Georgian authorities connected with the restoration of infrastructures of Samtshkhe-Javakheti–the Armenian prime minister noted that in order to smooth the tension of the local population–it would be purposeful to involve local businessmen and the local population in the construction work. He also confirmed the readiness of Armenian authorities to support the restoration of Javakhk infrastructures.

During the meeting the two prime-ministers also spoke about the necessity of establishing an Armenian-Georgian university and about issues on re-opening regional railway communication. The prime ministers agreed to create a joint working group which will survey the opportunity and effectiveness of the restoration of Kars-Gumri-Tbilisi railway.

After their meeting– the two prime-ministers co-chaired the 5th session of the Armenian-Georgian economic cooperation intergovernmental commission.

In his opening speech–Prime Minister Margarian said he is sure the session will promote the continuation of constructive dialogue between the two countries.

In his turn–Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli talked about the increase of the volume of trade-turnover between the two countries–and the necessity of encouraging investmen’s–which may give new impetus to bilateral economic cooperation.

During his visit–the Armenian prime minister also visited a Batum shipbuilding factory–the university and an airport–where he got acquainted with the reconstruction work.

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