YEREVAN, January 17. /ARKA/. Tigran Sargsyan, Armenian prime minister, speaking Thursday at a joint news conference with his Georgian counterpart, Bidzina Ivanishvili, said there are no problems in Armenian-Georgian relations which can’t be solved via discussion.
“We think there is a big potential for expanding economic relations between the two countries,” he said. “I am grateful to my colleague for his positive reaction to all our requests. We’ll quickly shape working groups and organize another meeting of the intergovernmental commission. We have interesting and promising programs in all areas.”
Sargsyan said that Armenia signed two agreements with Georgia as part of Ivanishvili’s visit to Yerevan to cooperation in culture area in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and to use customs checkpoints jointly.
“I am convinced that new agreements will be sealed in the future, and they will spur cooperation,” he added.
The Georgian premier, on his side, said that this is his first official visit to friendly Armenia.
After thanking Tigran Sargsyan for cordial reception, Ivanishvilki said: “Our meeting looked as if we had known each other since childhood,” Ivanishvili said. “I am an inexperienced politician, but I faced no difficulties during these meeting. We discussed issues of mutual interest and found very interesting solutions. Those issues which need additional discussion remained, but I’m convinced we’ll come to compromise.”
He said he welcomed his Armenian counterpart’s idea of common market.
“Our countries are small, and we wish that,” Ivanishvili said adding that the Georgian newly composed Cabinet wants to develop economic relations with neighboring countries.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, Armenian-Georgian trade turnover amounted to $115.4 million in Jan-Nov 2012, after growing 3.9%, compared with the same period a year before. -0-