Slovak Foreign Minister Meets Armenian Leaders

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A delegation of Slovakia led by foreign minister Edward Kukan and Minister of Economy Lubomir Garah arrived in Yerevan on a three-day official visit. The delegation made up of 50 officials arrived Wednesday in Armenia–after visiting Azerbaijan.

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Slovakia were established in 1992–however this is the first visit on such a high level. Only the prosecutor general of Slovakia visited Armenia in 1999.

According to Edward Kukan–the first visit of the Slovakian delegation to Armenia aims at establishing closer relations between the two countries and defining concrete programs of cooperation in all fields. "We believe that there are good conditions for cooperation between Armenia and Slovakia," the foreign minister told journalists.

Edward Kukan is scheduled to meet with his Armenian counterpart Vardan Oskanian–while Lubomir Garah meets with Minister of Trade and Industry Karen Jshmaritian. Following those meetings–the delegation will be received by prime minister Aram Sargsyan. During the visit an intergovernmental agreement on economic–scientific and trade cooperation will be signed. Also–the sides will sign a protocol on cooperation between the foreign ministries of the two countries.

On February 3 the Slovakian delegation will meet with president of Armenia Robert Kocharian and chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia Armen Khachatrian. The Slovakian officials will visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts "Matenadaran" and lay a wreath at Dzidzernagapert.


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