FOREIGN MINISTER VARTAN OSKANIAN'S MEETINGS IN ABU DHABI

Noyan Tapan News Agency
Oct 3 2005

ABU DHABI, OCTOBER 3, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. Minister Oskanian
visited Abu Dhabi, on the occasion of the groundbreaking of the
Armenian Embassy building in the United Arab Emirates. Large number of
representatives of the government, together with the diplomatic corps,
and members of the Armenian community from throughout the Emirates
were present.

In a brief ceremony, Minister spoke, followed by Ambassador Arshak
Poladian, and then the first stones were laid for what will be a
7,000 sq. meter building.

As Noyan Tapan was informed by the RA Foreign Minsitry's Press and
Information Department, during his visit, the Minister also met with
Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for External Relations,
Sheikh Hamdan Ben Zayed Al Nahanyan. The two discussed bilateral and
regional issues, including Armenia's having provided suitable embassy
state for the Emirates, which will be opening an embassy in Yerevan.

On the second day of the visit, the Minister also met with Ahmad Bakr,
the Deputy Director of the Abu Dhabi Development Fund. The Minister
described Armenia's economic development and prospects for growth. The
Minister returned to Yerevan late Monday.