24 March 2006

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister visits Armenia on 28th March 2006

Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Styliandis will be carrying out a three-day visit to Armenia beginning on 28 March 2006 in order to enhance bilateral economic and political ties and boost Greece's developmental presence in the country, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday, following a meeting between Stylianidis and Armenia's Ambassador in Athens Vahram Kahzoyan.

The minister's visit to Yerevan follows up a visit by Armenian President Robert Kocharyan to Athens last November.

"There is an order and commitment from Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis that I will convey during my visit, that Armenia takes priority in Greece's developmental policy and that there is a desire to boost bilateral economic ties," Styliandis said, noting that this desire would be "sealed" with the first Mixed Ministerial Committee that will take place after four years.

The minister will be accompanied on the trip by members of the Armenian community in Greece.

The Armenian side, meanwhile, has prepared a list of priority projects for funding by Hellenic Aid, which Greece will assess based on the possibility of providing funding, to what extent they interest Greece and their added value to Greece's developmental presence in the area.

Both Greece and Armenia are member-states of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) pact, while Greece is the only BSEC member that is also a member of the European Union (EU) and would like to activate action mechanisms and initiatives for rapprochement between Black Sea countries and the EU.

Athens News Agency, Greece
22 March 2006


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