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Interesting Statements By Uk Deputy Foreign Minister

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    18:01 11/03/2013
    Story from News:

    The United Kingdom wants to deepen economic ties with Armenia, said the
    Deputy Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Simon Fraser, in today's
    press conference in Yerevan. He noted that this is the first visit
    to Armenia and he has already had nice meetings with top officials.

    During the meetings, three main issues were discussed. The first is
    how Armenian-UK relations should develop; the second was about the
    steps Armenia is taking to deepen relations with the European Union,
    in particular within the Association Agreement; and the third issue
    was related to regional issues, including the Karabakh conflict.

    "The president and the prime minister underlined the importance of
    investments in the economic sphere. In particular one of our companies
    is interested in investing in the mineral sphere in Armenia", said
    Simon Fraser adding that there are possibilities in the IT, financial,
    agricultural, mineral and other spheres, and the UK government could
    encourage British companies to invest in Armenia.

    He added that it is necessary to amend the Customs' sphere. The UK
    vice-foreign minister noted that they are interested in large-scale
    trade with Armenia. "We support Armenia's development", Fraser noted.

    He said that they are interested in increasing the scales of
    investments in Armenia, which will depend on the creation of open,
    reliable and stable investment conditions.

    Dwelling on the agreement on deep and comprehensive free trade area,
    the British official noted that it is evident Armenia has goals and
    aspirations to ensure closer ties with Europe. In the meantime, sure,
    there will be issues related to the Customs' Union, he said adding
    that these two processes, though, are not mutually excluding.