YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– An Armenian foreign ministry delegation led by First Deputy Foreign Minister Shahen Karamanoukian paid an official visit to Syria on May 15-18. The visit came about as part of an agreement which encouraged holding more meetings between the foreign ministers of the two countries.
During his meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faruk Sharaa–Karamanoukian presented the current stage of the Karabakh settlement–the details of the truce as well as some aspects of Armenia’s regional policy.
Karamanoukian also held negotiations with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Suleiman Haddad.
During the first round of talks–the sides exchanged views on some regional problems. The Syrian side presented possible ways of developing the Middle East peace process and stressed its willingness in establishing universal peace and stability in the region.
The two sides then proceeded to express their opinions concerning the further development of the Armenian-Syrian relations and possible ways of cooperating in the economic sphere and in further developing political dialogue.
Karamanoukian outlined Armenia’s participation in a number of programs of regional cooperation and pointed out their role in developing the relations in the region. The implementation of the aforementioned programs will influence not only Armenian-Syrian relations–but also those between the Caucasuses and the Middle East.