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At the invitation of the President Serzh Sargsyan the President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic has arrived to Armenia on official visit

22.05.2009

At the invitation of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, the President of Croatia, Stjepan Mesic has arrived to Armenia on official visit.

Today, at the Presidential residence there took place the official ceremony of welcoming the high guest, which was followed by the private meeting of Serzh Sargsyan and Stjepan Mesic.

Noting, that this was the first official visit of the President of Croatia to Armenia, President Sargsyan expressed confidence that it would foster development and deepening of the relations between the two countries. “The Armenian side sees excellent prospects for the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation”, - stressed the President of Armenia.

The President of Croatia said that from the first minutes of his arrival to Armenia he’s been receiving warm and friendly welcome. Noting, that his country was also interested in developing relations with Armenia, President Mesic invited President Sargsyan to conduct official visit to Croatia and the President of Armenia accepted the invitation.

According to President Mesic, just as his first official visit to Armenia, similarly the upcoming visit of the President of Armenia to Croatia would be a clear signal to the business communities of the two countries to activate contacts and foster the economic and commercial relations. In this context the two Presidents highlighted the importance of establishing the necessary legal framework. President Sargsyan said that Armenia was interested in Croatian experience of infrastructure development, particularly of highway construction.

Presidents Sargsyan and Mesic asserted cultural and historical similarities in the millennia long history of the Armenian and Croatian peoples and historical challenges faced by the two peoples. “This morning I visited the Genocide Memorial, the Genocide Museum and realized what an enormous tragedy befell the Armenian people at the beginning of the 20th century”, - the President of Croatia said and added “hideous crimes such as this one must not be repeated, and historic lessons must be learned.”

At the meeting the President of Armenia presented to the President of Croatia standpoint of our country regarding the resolution of the NK conflict, European integration process, and Armenian-Turkish political dialogue. The parties expressed confidence that all the existing problems should be solved through peaceful means, that military option for the conflict resolution leads nowhere and the consequences would be unpredictable.

Presidents Sargsyan and Mesic spoke also about different regional and international issues.

The President of Armenia noted with satisfaction efficient cooperation of the two countries in the international structures and expressed gratitude for Croatia’s balance approach regarding our regional issues.

President Mesic spoke about Croatia’s accomplishments since after gaining independence, prospects of development and his country’s approaches regarding problems in the Balkan region.

The meeting of the two leaders was continues in the extended format with the participation of the Presidents.

The President of Armenia reiterated interest of our country to develop cooperation with Croatia in political, economic, and cultural areas and expressed confidence that with this regard the current visit of President Mesic would facilitate the process.

The President of Croatia said that his visit to Armenia and President Sargsyan’s upcoming visit to Croatia open new opportunities for the economic cooperation of the two states.

At the same time, Stjepan Mesic noted that the growing cooperation between Croatia and Armenia was at the same cooperation between the Balkans and the South Caucasus region.

At the conclusion of the negotiations the two sides signed agreements on cooperation in the areas of culture, education, and science and the agreement on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion.

Later, the Presidents of Armenia and Croatia gave a joint press conference.

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