TIBILISI (Combined Sources)–Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markarian traveled to Tibilisi on Sunday to meet with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania–and to co-chair–along with Zhvania–the third session of the Georgian-Armenian intergovernmental committee for economic cooperation.
"It is impossible to imagine Georgia’s development without the development of Armenia. The development of our closest neighbors–including is a priority for Georgia," Zhvania said during the Monday opening of the Commission session–and testified to the serious intentions of both sides to enlarge and develop economic cooperation.
In his speech–Markarian said the two countries must utilize all potential to step-up trade and economic cooperation–and that all relevant ministries and departmen’s of both countries must work intently in that direction.
The Commission was expected to focus on a dozen issues that include trade and economic development prospects–as well as cooperation in the transportation–communication social sectors.
Markarian had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Tibilisi’s Armenian community–and to visit the memorial for those Armenia’s who perished fighting for Georgia’s unity–as well as the pantheon to Armenian cultural workers.
Margarian was scheduled to meet with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili later on Monday.