By Diego Karamanukian in Montevideo
President Robert Kocharian arrived on Tuesday in Brazil on the final leg of a three-nation tour of South America.
Kocharian, who is accompanied by several Armenian ministers, on Monday wrapped up an official visit to neighboring Uruguay where he met with President Jorge Batlle and addressed the parliament in Montevideo.
The two sides signed several agreements aimed at protecting mutual investments and facilitating bilateral cooperation in agriculture and health care. Kocharian told the local media that Armenia takes an interest in importing Uruguayan grain and rice.
Batlle, for his part, noted that the huge geographical distance separating the two small countries is a major hindrance to the development of Armenian-Uruguayan trade. But he said they, nonetheless, have potential for closer commercial links.
Economic cooperation also featured large during Kocharian’s talks in Argentina over the weekend.
The three South American countries have affluent and influential ethnic Armenian communities that have been instrumental in their warm political relations with Armenia. Kocharian met with Armenian Diaspora leaders in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and was scheduled to hold similar meetings in Brazil.