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Armenia’s Sarkisian Wraps Up Visit To Georgia


Georgia -- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian at a press briefing in Tbilisi, 29Nov2011

Georgia -- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian at a press briefing in Tbilisi, 29Nov2011


President Serzh Sarkisian called for more active cooperation between the business communities of Armenia and Georgia on the second and last day of his official visit to Tbilisi on Wednesday.

Attending, jointly with his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili, a forum exploring potentialities for economic ties in the two neighboring South Caucasus states, Sarkisian stressed that stronger business ties will promote the strengthening of Armenian-Georgian relations overall.

Sarkisian was quoted by his press office as hailing achievements made by Georgia in the past last several years. At the same time, he reportedly said the economies of the two countries resembled each other, including due to the scarcity of natural resources, which “implies that success can be achieved through good governance and human potential.”

“I am proud that the area of information and high technologies in Armenia is developing rapidly; this year we anticipate a 25-percent increase in that area. The very fact that the world’s leading companies are interested in making investments in Armenia is certainly very pleasing for us and inspires great hopes,” the Armenian president said.

Assessing contacts at every level as very useful, Sarkisian expressed hope that mutual investments in the two countries will increase.

Earlier that day, Sarkisian visited the Armenian Saint Etchmiadzin Church in Tbilisi and later attended a ceremonial unveiling of the bust to Aleksandr Mantashev, a prominent 19th-early 20th- century Armenian magnate and philanthropist who rests in the Armenian Pantheon of Tbilisi.

The Armenian president also met with prominent members of the local Armenian community and answered their questions which, according to his press office, mainly concerned the organization and development of spiritual, cultural and educational life of the community, its ties with Armenia and prospects of improving the work at the border check points.

As part of Sarkisian’s official visit to Georgia on Tuesday the two states’ officials signed a raft of agreements that also include cooperation on border issues.
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