SYRIA, ARMENIA SIGN 10 AGREEMENTS, MoUs
Writer/Source: Agencies (25/3/2010)
Syria and Armenia signed on Tuesday nine agreements and memos of understanding for cooperation in several fields including justice, interior, higher education, scientific research, industry, electricity, renewable energy, sport and remote sensing.
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Also, an executive program for technical and scientific cooperation in agriculture for the years 2010 and 2012 was signed.
The agreements were signed by Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Adel Safar, Minister of Higher Education Ghiyath Barakat, Minister of Industry Fouad Issa al-Jouni, Minister of Electricity Ahmad Qussai Kayyali, Minister of Justice Ahmad Younes, Minister of Interior Said Sammour, Director-General of the Remote Sensing General Establishment Osama Ammar and Chairman of the Executive Office of the General Sport Union Muaffaq Jomaa.
On the Armenian side, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Agriculture Minister Gerasim Alaverdian, Armenian Ambassador to Damascus Arshak Poladyan signed the agreements.
In a statement to SANA, Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri said Syrian-Armenian relations are important and necessary, adding Syria is exerting all efforts to enhance them in the interests of both friendly countries.
Syria has a unique position in the history of the Armenian people, the visiting Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said on Tuesday.
“It (Syria) is very close to us, not only geographically but through friendship, similarity of destiny and the distinguished relations between the two peoples in addition to the several other links,” the Armenian President said in a lecture at Damascus University.
According to him Syria and Armenia were through their joint history parts of the Middle East. They also lived together in one place.
“Syria played a unique and an important role for Armenians. It was the bridge that had linked Armenians, Arabs and Moslems,” President Sargsyan pointed out.
He said Syrian Armenian cooperation had got a new impetus after Armenia’s independence and that the two countries were ready to boost cooperation on the basis of mutual understanding.
“The most important thing is the excellent relations between MR, President Bashar al-Assad and me,” he clarified.
“This is the best example for civilizations convergence,” he concluded.
After the lecture, Head of the Syrian Students National Union Ammar Saati presented on behalf of Syria’s students the Union’s Shield to President Sargsyan in appreciation of his stances on strengthening and developing Syrian-Armenian relations.
Syria and Armenia agreed on Tuesday to boost economic cooperation between the two countries. The agreement came during a meeting that brought together Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri.
The two sides also agreed on increasing trade and boosting businessmen role to consolidate economic and investment partnership and the role of the two governments in exploring potentials for expanding these relations.
The Armenian President called for developing and deepening these relations in all domains. Otri, meanwhile, lauded Armenian stances and its support for Arabs rights and Syria’s efforts to regain the occupied Golan.
Earlier,Syrian- Armenian friendly relations and means to develop them on the Parliamentary level were the main points of discussion during President Serzh Sargsyan’s meeting with Speaker of the People’s Assembly Dr. Mahmoud al-Abrash on Tuesday.
President Sargsyan highlighted the depth of the Syrian-Armenian historical relations, stressing the importance of the parliamentarians’ role in activating bilateral relations and cooperation serving the best interest of the two friendly countries.
For his part, al-Abrash underlined Syria’s keenness on consolidating parliamentary relations with Armenia through exchanging visits and expertise between the two countries’ parliamentarians in addition to coordinating stances at the parliamentary forums.
He pointed out that President Sargsyan’s visit to Syria would contribute to opening wide prospects of cooperation in all domains.
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