Armenian president, PM meet with visiting Chinese FM (2)

08:19, February 18, 2011      

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan in Yerevan, Armenia, Feb. 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Yi Gaochao)

The two touched upon such issues during their talks as China's participation in the Iran-Armenia railway construction, direct flight between China and Armenia, and increase in trade turnover.

The Chinese minister also met his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian on Thursday in Yerevan.

The two foreign ministers also discussed further cooperation in various fields of development.

"With my Chinese counterpart, we discussed implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of the Armenian president to China last year," said Nalbandian. "We are grateful to the Chinese government for its technical assistance. I would like to note that China decided to provide Armenia with 80 ambulance cars this year. Chinese buses will be delivered to Armenia next year."

The Chinese foreign minister told a joint press conference after the meeting between the two foreign ministers that China supports a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the South Caucasus.

"During the meeting with my Armenian counterpart, we referred also to regional issues," said Yang. "China's official stance is that we support conflicts' peaceful resolution through dialogue and negotiations."

The Chinese minister told the press conference that he believes the conflicting parties in the region would find a solution that will bring prosperity and development to the region.

"Further strengthening of the Armenian-Chinese friendship and cooperation not only serves the common desire of both countries, but also fundamental interests of China and Armenia and our peoples," Yang added.

The Chinese minister said that the two countries could also cooperate in such other fields as science, education, health, culture and tourism.
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