YEREVAN, JANUARY 27. ARMINFO. Armenia’s President Rabert Kocharyan started today a three-day official visit to Italy on the invitation of his Italian counterpart Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
Kocharyan is being accompanied by FM Vardan Osknayan, Trade and Economic Development Minister Karen Tchshmarityan, Agriculture Minister David Lokyan, businessmen.
The president is to meet with the Italian president, PM, senators and businessmen.
The sides are to sign agreements on cooperation and mutual assistance in small and medium-sized business and customs. In Vatican Kocharyan is to meet with Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Nerses Pogos and to see the newly unveiled monument to Grigor the Enlightener. Jan 28 Kocharyan is to go to Venice to meet with the local authorities and Armenian community.
One of the goals of the visit is to enlarge Armenian-Italian political ties, exchange views on the political issues of mutual concern and to conclude agreements on cooperation within international organizations. This is the first official visit of Kocharyan to Italy. Kocharyan is to come back Jan 30.
The National Statistical Service of Armenia reports that in Jan-Nov 2004 the Armenian-Italian trade turnover totalled $63 mln – Armenian exports $26 mln, Italian imports $36.5 mln.