Kocharian Inaugurates Armenian Embassy in Berlin

BERLIN (Combined Sources)–Armenian president Robert Kocharian arrived in Berlin Wednesday for a three-day visit to Germany in order to discuss prospects for political and economic cooperation between the two countries. Kocharian attended the official opening of the Armenian Embassy in Berlin, which was attended by local community leaders, political figures and German officials. The Armenian president will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bundestag chairman Norbert Lammert and Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit. Together with the Bundestag head Kocharian will attend an opening ceremony of the new Armenian Embassy building in Berlin. In recent years, the Armenian-German political dialogue has noticeably intensified, the republics presidential staff said. Armenian officials explain it, on the one hand by the growing interest of Germany and the European Union toward the South Caucasus region and on the other — importance Yerevan attaches to European integration. Armenia attaches major importance to the political dialogue with Germany both in the context of bilateral relations development and European and North Atlantic cooperation, the Armenian presidential administration officials stressed. In particular, they hope for considerable support of Germany in issues of the development of cooperation with South Caucasus countries within the framework of the "European neighborhood policy" of the EU by way of the development and implementation of specific programs.

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