Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations

 

Armenia-Russia Relations

Պաշտպանության փոխնախարարը ՌԴ-ում ռազմատեխնիկական համագործակցության պայմանագրեր է ստորագրել
/Mar 1/Verelq.am/

ՀՀ պաշտպանության նախարարի տեղակալ Դավիթ Փախչանյանը Մոսկվայում ռազմատեխնիկական համագործակցության Դաշնային ծառայության տնօրինության հետ որոշ ապրանքների ձեռքբերման, մատակարարման, առաքման վերաբերյալ պայմանագրեր է ստորագրել: Այս մասին տեղեկացնում են ՀՀ ՊՆ մամուլի ծառայությունից։

«ՀՀ պաշտպանության նախարարի` Ռուսաստանի Դաշնություն կատարած աշխատանքային այցի ընթացքում ձեռք բերված պայմանավորվածության համաձայն, փետրվարի 26-ից 28-ը ՀՀ պաշտպանության նախարարի տեղակալ Դավիթ Փախչանյանի գլխավորած պատվիրակությունը մասնակցել է ՌԴ «Ռոսօբորոնէքսպորտ» և ռազմատեխնիկական համագործակցության Դաշնային ծառայության տնօրինության հետ որոշ ապրանքների ձեռքբերման, մատակարարման, առաքման վերաբերյալ բանակցությունների և պայմանագրերի վերջնական համաձայնեցման ու ստորագրման գործընթացին»,–ասված է հաղորդագրության մեջ:

Հիշեցնենք, որ փետրվարի սկզբին Մոսկվա կատարած աշխատանքային այցի շրջանակներում ՀՀ պաշտպանության նախարար Դավիթ Տոնոյանը ՌԴ ռազմատեխնիկական համագործակցության դաշնային ծառայության տնօրեն Դմիտրի Շուգաևի հետ քննարկել էր հետագա համագործակցության ուղենիշները։

 

Armenia,China, India, Egypt Relations

Armenian deputy PM, Chinese Ambassador discuss implementation of new programs in energy and transport fields
/Feg 28/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan on February 28 received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Armenia Tian Erlong, the deputy PM’s Office told Armenpress.

At the meeting the Armenian deputy PM said the government attaches great importance to the productive and mutually beneficial cooperation with China and will continue taking practical steps to further develop the bilateral ties.

The sides discussed issues on further deepening and expanding the Armenian-Chinese commercial relations and in this regard highlighted the activities of the Armenian-Chinese inter-governmental commission the next session of which will take place in the nearest future. The officials thoroughly discussed the opportunities to increase the export volumes of Armenian food industry and alcoholic products to China, as well as the implementation of new programs in energy and transportation sectors. In the context of promoting the contacts between the tourism and business circles, they attached importance to the facilitation of the visa regime between the two countries.

During the meeting the sides also touched upon Armenia’s possible participation to the 2nd China International Import Expo to take place in Shangai in November.
 

India interested in signing agreement with EAEU in near future
/Mar 2/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN, – Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tigran Sargsyan on March 1 met with India’s Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma, the EEC said, reports Armenpress.

“India’s economic development is really impressive. We suppose that the stable growth will change the country’s positions in the world economy in qualitative terms. Moreover, India is a big market. Our enterprises would like to have a broader representation there. We are also interested in the Indian entrepreneurs to be more active in the markets of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)”, the EEC Board Chairman said.

During the meeting the Ambassador stated that the Indian side is interested in signing an agreement with the EAEU in the near future. He stated that India has a dynamic and positive partnership with all countries of the Union.


Egyptian businessmen association, Armenian council sign MoU
/Mar 2/Egypt Today/MENA/

The Armenian Egyptian Business Association has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Business Relations Council of Armenia.
The MoU is meant to boost cooperation and joint projects between investors in both countries, said the Egyptian foreign ministry in a statement on Friday.
Egypt's Ambassador in Yerevan Bahaa Desouki attended the inking ceremony.
He also met with Executive Director of the Armenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Andranik Aleksanyan on economic cooperation.

 

Armenia, Iran Ralations

Iran, Armenia, Qatar to set up south-north data transit route
/Mar 2/Tehran Times/

TEHRAN — Iran’s Telecommunication Infrastructure Company and companies from Armenia and Qatar signed a tripartite agreement for transit of data from Persian Gulf to the Europe during a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the meeting of Iran’s Information and Telecommunication Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and Armenian First Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies Hakob Arshakyan in Tehran.

During the meeting, Azari Jahromi pointed to ICT cooperation between the two countries during past years.

Cyber security, solving frequency disturbance in Iran-Armenia border and development of ICT products export and digital economy were discussed during the meeting.

Azari Jahromi announced that the two sides will sign an agreement in the field of ICT cooperation in his future trip to Armenia.

Iran and Armenia have already begun their cooperation in ICT and now they are waiting for other countries to join, Arshakyan said.

He highlighted safeguarding from cyber-attacks and ICT infrastructure as the two main fields in which the two countries can boost cooperation.

Iran as data transit hub

In June 2017, Iran offered services to India through several international Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) for transit of data.

Having seven IXPs with the potential to offer international Internet transit services to neighboring countries, Iran is seeking to become a data service hub in the region to improve revenue in the technology sector and reduce dependency on oil exports.

An IXP is a physical infrastructure through which Internet service providers exchange Internet traffic between their networks.

Iran is already providing its western neighbor Iraq with data services through an IXP center in Khuzestan Province, which operates as an Internet transit hub. The center enables Iraqis to connect to the World Wide Web using Iran’s communications infrastructure.
 

Armenia to export over 300 products via Iran-Armenia trade agreement
/Mar 4/News.am/

Ratification of the free trade agreement between Iran and Armenia will make it possible to import and export over 300 types of products by paying a small customs duty on the border. This is what Armenia’s Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan told journalists at the National Assembly on 4 March.

The Minister noted that the agreement would also be ratified by Iran and added that it would not have an impact on the customs duty for importing fuel.

 

Armenia, Belgium, EU Relations

Armenian PM's visit to Belgium kicks off – Pashinyan gets acquainted with educational and scientific institutions of Leuven city
/Mar 4/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Brussels on a working visit on March 3.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia, on March 4 the Armenian PM visited Leuven city, the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium, located not far from Brussels, and is considered one of the educational centers of Belgium.

Pashinyan started his trip from the Catholic University of Leuven, where the rector of the university Luc Sels met him.

Greeting the Armenian PM, the rector noted that it's an honor to host the delegation led by the Prime Minister of Armenia, and the Catholic University of Leuven is ready to develop cooperation with Armenia. Luc Sels presented the activities of the university, noting that it's the largest and most famous university in Belgium that implements international oriented projects based on education and research. All the projects of the university are based on the innovative research of the scientists and the academic teaching staff of the university. According to him, the Catholic University of Leuven has 14 branches in 10 cities of Belgium.

Nikol Pashinyan said that he is honored to be hosted by one of the ancient but at the same time modern universities of the world that has fostered the development of the European science since 1425 and is among the top 50 universities of the world. According to Pashinyan, Armenia is in the phase of major political and economic reforms, and the Government assesses education as one of the key tools for the success of the economic revolution. Pshinyan emphasized exchange of experience and implementation of joint projects with leading world universities, expressing satisfaction for the readiness of the Catholic University of Leuven to cooperate with Armenia.

Afterwards, PM Pashinyan headed to IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) to get acquainted with its activities and to discuss the opportunities for cooperation. The Vice President of IMEC Ludo Deferm presented to the Armenian PM their projects, noting that the center is specialized in scientific research of micro, nanoelectronics and digital technologies. He noted that IMEC has nearly 4000 employees and operates also in The Netherlands, Taiwan, China, India, the United States and Japan.

The next stop of PM Pashinyan was at the Health Center of Leuven, which is a joint project of the Catholic University of Leuven and IMEC. Accompanied by the Director of the Health Center Isabelle Francois Nikol Pashinyan toured in the exhibition hall and got acquainted with the activities and goals of the center. According to Isabelle Francois, the center is a unique research center, the visitors of which can familiarize themselves with the future of healthcare with the help of technologies.

PM Pashinyan informed the rector of the Catholic University of Leuven, the Vice President of IMEC and the director of the Health Center that the  World Congress on Information Technology will take place in Armenia in October and invited them to yerevan to participate in the Congress.


Armenia, Belgium to develop cooperation in education and scientific research – the sides sign memorandums of understanding
/Mar 4/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan is in Belgium on a working visit. The Prime Minister visited the educational and scientific centers of Leuven, the capital of Flemish Brabant province of the region of Flanders. At the end of the visit memorandums of understanding were signed on the development of bilateral partnership in the sphere of high and innovative technologies.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia, in the presence of PM Pashinyan a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia and the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs. The document was signed by the Ambassador of Armenia to Belgium Tatul Margaryan and Secretary General of Flemish Foreign Affairs Freddy Evans.

Another Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IMEC scientific research center and the Enterprise Incubator Foundation of Armenia. The document was signed by the Vice President of IMEC Ludo Deferm and Director of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation Bagrat Yengibaryan.

According to the memorandum, the sides will cooperate in area of exchange of experience in the field of high technologies and innovations, implementation of joint educational programs and organization of scientific-research works.
 

European Commission supports launch of Armenia-EU visa liberalization talks as soon as possible
/Mar 5/ArmenPress.am/
BRUSSELS – During his meetings with the EU leaders, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan highlighted the importance of launching the visa liberalization dialogue which remains a key priority in the bilateral relations.

“I have asked President Juncker’s personal contribution to this issue”, the Armenian PM said in Brussels during a joint press conference with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, reports Armenpress.

In his turn European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the technical terms for visa liberalization between Armenia and the EU are already approved, and now is the time for cooperation with all EU member states on the matter. “I and Commissioner Hahn are ready to assist this process as much as we can, and during our meeting with the Prime Minister we have noted that we are going to launch a heated dialogue with those member states that are consistent on this issue. But we, as the European Commission, support the visa liberalization dialogue, the launch of talks as soon as possible. This is important both for Armenia and the European Union”, Jean-Claude Juncker said.

Reaffirming the dedication to solving the visa liberalization issue, he affirmed that he wants more Armenians to visit Europe and vice versa. “We don’t want the people to perceive us only through the institutions, we want the people to travel free, Armenians freely visit Europe without a visa in order to know us better”.

Jean-Claude Juncker informed that there are 6 programs to ensure the continuation of the Armenia-EU visa liberalization and boost the ties with neighbours. “Its continuation is very important, not only states, governments, but also people should interact with each other. We are trying to do everything on this matter”, he said.

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