Nalbandian Meets Saakashvili, Georgian Leadership

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandain traveled to Tbilisi Friday for scheduled talks with Georgian President Mikail Saakashvili, reported the Foreign Ministry’s press office.

Nalbandian was received by the country’s Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze and President Mikheil Saakashvili.

The Foreign Ministry’s press office quoted Nalbandian as stressing during his meeting with President Saakashvili on Friday that Armenia is one of the countries most interested in stability, security and peace in the neighboring republic. He reportedly said that apart from the fact that about 70 percent of Armenia’s foreign trade is made through Georgia, “two peoples have bonds of centuries-old friendship.”

During his meeting with Saakasvhili, Nalbandian thanked Georgia’s authorities for securing the safe transit of Armenian tourists out of Georgia. The two also discussed the Armenian-Turkish relations and the current situation status of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process.

Nalbandian later met with Prime Minister Gurgenidze to discuss bilateral trade relations and the security of Armenia’s imports through Georgia.

During his visit, the Armenian Foreign Minister also met with his Georgian counterpart Eka Tkeshelashvili for talks on the recent developmen’s in the region and ways to secure stability and peace in the South Caucasus following the conflict in Georgia.
Nalbandian invited his Tkeshelashvili to visit Armenia. The two diplomats held a joint press conference following their talks.

In the course of his meetings, Nalbandian also discussed issues connected with an upcoming official visit to Georgia by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. The visit is at the invitation of the Georgian president.

Before returning to Yerevan, Nalbandian met with representatives of the Georgian Armenian community and spoke briefly about Armenia’s foreign policy.

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