YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Ruler of Emirate of Sharjah–HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi–paid his respects–on Tuesday–to the victims of Armenian genocide by visiting Yerevan’s Genocide Memorial and a nearby genocide museum.
The Sheikh–who is on an official visit to Armenia to open the Days of Arab Culture there–initially met with the head of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences to review scientific cooperation–specifically joint research projects in the near future.
"We are happy that–despite the burden of pressing problems–Armenia opens its doors to Sharjah. We respect that–along with the determination to expand our relationship," said the Arab leader.
He said that cooperation with Armenia developed after President Robert Kocharian’s visit to the United Arab Emirates in April 2002.
The Sheikh also met with Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markarian to evaluate implementation of projects in recent years–and the various cooperation agreemen’s the two countries have in place.
They spoke of developing economic cooperation–and noted the need to expand their collaboration in the areas education–science–culture–tourism–and the exporting of agricultural products.
The prime minister the Sheikh’s visit and the celebration of cultural days of Sharjah in Armenia will give new impetus to their relationship. Margarian stressed the importance of establishing an Arab cultural center in Armenia and thanked the Sheikh for readiness to provide financial support.