YEREVAN, OCTOBER 5, ARMENPRESS: President of Latvia, Vajra Vike-Freiberga, is arriving in Armenia on October 6 on the third and last leg of her South Caucasian visit. After visiting Azerbaijan she is now in Georgia. Her delegation includes her husband, Imants Freiberga and also government ministers and around 50 businessmen.
The goal of the visit is to discuss boosting bilateral ties, to deepen cooperation and outline priorities of economic cooperation. She and her Armenian counterpart, Robert Kocharian, will also discuss regional issues and European integration. Both presidents will have face-to-face talks and then will sign a number of agreements, including a joint declaration by the presidents, an agreement on encouraging reciprocal investments, agreements on customs and cultural cooperation. They will also hold a briefing for the press.
Latvian president will also meet with parliament chairman and prime minister. Kocharian and Mrs. Freiberga will also attend a business forum. She will also visit the Genocide Memorial, will meet with the faculty and students of Yerevan University and also visit Etchmiadzin, the Brandy Factory and Martiros Sarian Museum. Diplomatic relations between Latvia and Armenia were established in 2002. Armenian president Kocharian visited Latvia in 2002 June. Trade between the two countries in the first six months of 2005 was $1.5 million. The Armenian community of Latvia is about 3,000 people, but only 20 percent of them have Latvian citizenship.