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    YEREVAN, JANUARY 31, ARMENPRESS: In an interview to Armenpress
    Greece's ambassador to Armenia, Antonios Vlavianos, said relations
    between the two nations are very friendly and are on a very high
    level. He said his government wants Armenian president to pay an
    official visit to Greece after next president of Greece is elected by
    its parliament in March. He said Karolos Papulias is likely to be
    elected as his candidacy was agreed on by two major political forces
    of the country. "We shall work to organize Armenian president's visit
    to Athens after Papulias is elected," he said.

    Referring to economic cooperation between the two countries, he
    stressed that Greece is the second largest investor in Armenia after
    the Russian Federation. "Greece is eager to be actively involved in
    all sectors of the Armenian economy. We have already successful
    examples of such participation," the ambassador said, mentioning the
    presence of Greek Emporiki Bank, Coca-Cola Bottlers, Karelia cigarette
    manufacturing company in Armenia.

    The biggest obstacle to stepping up economic contacts with Armenia,
    according to the ambassador, are the closed borders with Turkey. This,
    he said, makes Greek companies to seek cooperation with the Balkan
    nations. "We hopethat after borders are opened Greece will have a much
    more stronger economic presence in Armenia. Goods from and to Armenia
    have to go a long way to reach Greece and other European countries,
    affecting trade turnover and prices," he said. According to
    Mr. Vlavianos, Turkey's desire to join the European Union would
    promote the opening of borders.

    Mentioning tourism as another area of effective cooperation, the
    ambassador said his government wants to open a tourism academy in
    Armenia and waist for the Armenian government to allocate premises.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress