YEREVAN, February 18. /ARKA/. Armenia is planning to open a consulate general in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan, Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan said at his meeting with Iraq’s prime-minister Nouri al-Maliki, as cited by the foreign ministry press office.
Nalbandyan is currently in Iraq with an official visit, according to the report.
The foreign minister also said Yerevan intends to simplify visa regime procedures for Iraq’s citizens to promote business ties between the countries.
Nalbandyan noted turnover between the countries has increased several times in the last four years and is 80 million dollars now.
Nouri al-Maliki, in his turn, said Iraq is interested in deeper cooperation with Armenia in all fields to realize the existing potential.
The sides discussed the legal framework, as well as promotion of cooperation in trade, economy, education, medicine, agriculture and other fields. The minister and the premier talked about opening direct air flights between Armenia and Iraq.
Nalbandyan and Nouri al-Maliki stressed the importance of efforts of the intergovernmental commission.
During his visit, Armenia foreign minister met also with Iraq’s vice-president Hudayr al-Huzai and his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari. –0--