Press Trust of India
Yeravan (Armenia), October 6, 2005
Armenia on Thursday came out in strong support of India’s bid for permanent membership in the UN Security Council and shared New Delhi’s views on Kashmir issue during talks Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had with its leaders including President Robert Kocharian.
The talks also resulted in India assuring Armenia in providing fullest cooperation in Information Technology and agriculture sectors. Meanwhile, the CIS country offered assistance to New Delhi in science and technology especially in laser technology, in which it has a competitive edge.
Shekhawat, who is the first leader from a major democracy to visit this South Caucasian country formed after the break up of Soviet Union in 1991, saw the Armenian leadership reiterating their positions on various issues, including UNSC expansion and Kashmir, during warm and friendly talks.
Armenia is the first country in the world whose Foreign Minister had made the demand of inclusion of India in the UN Security Council three years back.
The first Vice Presidential visit to this CIS country witnessed the signing of a MoU on Parliamentary Cooperation between the two countries and Shekhawat was given a standing ovation at the National Assembly whose special session he addressed.