Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Armenian President Kocharian met on Friday seeking to boost the modest commercial exchange between the two countries. They also discussed the Middle East and South Caucasus.
Hariri and Armenian counterpart Andranik Markarian reviewed the possibility of setting-up an intergovernmental commission on bilateral economic cooperation–with Markarian calling for increased bilateral trade and "mutual investmen’s." He said Armenia has a lot to learn from the Middle Eastern nation’s burgeoning tourism and banking industries.
Accompanied by cabinet ministers and four ethnic Armenian members of the Lebanese parliament–Hariri visited Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II–and placed a wreath at the Dzidzernagapert memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.