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Prime Minister of Singapore arrives in Armenia on official visit

Prime Minister of Singapore arrives in Armenia on official visit

Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan welcomed PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Yerevan airport Saturday evening.

During the visit a meeting between Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong will take place.

PM Loong is also scheduled to meet with President Armen Sarkissian, Catholicos Garegin II and Speaker of Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan.

He will also visit the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial to pay tribute to the Armenian Genocide victims.

PM Loong will also participate at the October 1 Supreme Eurasian Council meeting where a Free Trade Zone agreement is expected to be signed between Singapore and the Eurasian Economic Union.

Distance is no obstacle for cooperation, Armenia and Singapore say.

“Distance and history are factors, but potential for advancing the development of relations always exists, and we can do many things for this. We’ve signed a number of memoranda of cooperation. These are practical things which we can do to boost the cooperation between the two states. We can work together in our regions in order to deepen ties with countries of the region. We are working together in international platforms, Armenia is a member of the UN Forum of Small States, we are working together in order to make our voices heard, advance our interests, in order to be able to protect our interests and advance our issues of concern,” Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong said.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan emphasized that this kind of visits also cut the distance.

“Thanks to these visits Singapore and Armenia have gotten closer, and this is creating a good framework for cooperation. We have broad opportunities for cooperation in terms of tourism. I would really like greater number of Armenian citizens to be in Singapore, see and feel this country, and for greater number of Singaporean citizens to visit Armenia to see and feel our country. After all, there is a very important tool for cutting distance in the 21st century, which is cooperation in the technology sector. I am happy that we will cooperate in the high technology sector. I believe that through mutual efforts we will be able to reduce the distance which exists between Armenia and Singapore,” Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan said.