Prime Ministers Karen Karapetyan, left, and Saad Hariri

Armenian PM meets with Lebanese President, Premier

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BEIRUT (news.am) — Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan met Lebanon’s  President Michel Aoun on Monday, March 12, at the residence of the Lebanese President, the press service of the Government of Armenia reported.

Karapetyan thanked for the warm reception and added that he is glad to be in Lebanon.

“Just two weeks ago we had the opportunity to exchange ideas in Yerevan over the multilayered relations between Armenia and Lebanon. We highlight the regular high level interactions and dialogue between Armenia and friendly Lebanon. As I noted during our previous meeting, the economic potential of our bilateral relations is rather huge and it should be maximally utilized,” Karen Karapetyan said.

The Lebanese President welcomed the visit of the Armenian Premier to Lebanon, expressing conviction that it will foster the further development of the friendly relations between Armenia and Lebanon.

Aoun expressed his readiness to support the implementation of joint projects.

Karapetyan during his visit discussed the opportunities for establishing an Armenian-Lebanese fund.

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The sides highlighted the role of the Lebanese-Armenian community as a ring strengthening the relations between the two states.

Karapetyan later met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

“We stated that in all respects the relations between our two countries are at a very high level. As a matter of fact, we are friendly and close countries. We also noted that our economic relations lag behind the high level of political relations, and there is great potential to tap and develop. We talked about the opportunities that our two countries enjoy. In particular, we are very much interested in bringing Lebanese business to Armenia. We highlighted Armenia’s advantages and opportunities. We stated the fact that being a member of the Eurasian Union, having the GSP+ trade regime with the European Union and a free economic zone near the border with Iran, as well as a business-friendly environment, Armenia allows access to larger sales markets,” Karapetyan said.

He added that he invited Hariri to visit Armenia.

 

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