Georgian Foreign Minister Ends Visit Meets President Kocharian

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili completed her first official visit to Armenia on July 22–after meeting with Armenian President Robert Kocharian–parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian–Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and her Armenian counterpart Vartan Oskanian.

During the meeting with Zourabichvili–President Kocharian expressed satisfaction with the "high level of inter-state relations with Georgia–which are based on mutual trust and cooperation." Kocharian noted that Georgia is going through a rather hard time–but remained positive saying–"Georgian authorities will soon overcome these difficulties."

"We are highly interested in stability in Georgia," Kocharian said.

"The visit of the head of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia and meetings at a high level will give a new context to issues on the Armenian-Georgian agenda," Armenian Foreign Minister Oskanian said on 21 July during his meeting with his Georgian counterpart.

The parties discussed mutual advantages of their evolving relationships with the EU and NATO–as well in developing transportation corridors–namely the North-South and East-West highways–and in reopening rail service linking Russia and Armenia–via Georgia.

"There are never concrete results from one visit–but it is a process that we are starting. We are determined to increase our economic relations," Zourabichvili told journalists before boarding the airplane for Tbilisi in Zvartnots airport.

"Political relations are very good–but we have to deepen them–and have to appear before Europeans as one region–speaking as much as possible with one voice," she said.


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