YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I attach special importance to my visit to Armenia and think that this visit will be a new stage in our relations," Georgian President Eduard Shevarnadze told reporters September 6. The participation of Armenian journalists in a news conference in Tbilisi was organized under the "Support to the Mass Media of the South Caucasus" program sponsored by the Swiss Foreign Ministry.
The Georgian president pointed out that he received an official invitation to visit Armenia from Armenian President Robert Kocharian. "Naturally–I am grateful to the Armenian president for reminding me of his invitation," President Shevarnadze said.
Shevarnadze also reported that during his negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov an agreement was reached on setting up government committees in Russia and Georgia. The committees are supposed to hold negotiations on the Russian military bases in Georgia.
He also gave assurances that his meeting with Vice-President of Chechnya Vakha Arsanov does not mean an anti-Russian action. According to him–there is nothing extraordinary in that meeting–and friendly relations with all the Caucasian peoples must be established in the future.