Aug 31 2004

YEREVAN, AUGUST 31, ARMENPRESS: Armenian prime minister Andranik
Margarian received today German ambassador to Armenia Ms. Haike
Peitsch. The prime minister congratulated the ambassador on handing
over her credentials in our country and wished her success in
her tenuret. The prime minister said that her participation in
Armenian-German economic forum even before taking up the post of
an ambassador indicates her interest in strengthening and further
developing Armenian-German ties which gives hope that the ambassador
will succeed in her endeavors.

Armenian government press services reported that both sides mentioned
that though German government implements a number of programs in
the Armenian economy, there are still wide opportunities to enlarge
cooperation both in political and economic fields between the two

Apart from bilateral partnership, the prime minister underscored
balanced economic policy within the region on the sidelines of
development projects implemented by Germany. Praising more active
economic and political involvement of European Union in the region,
the prime minister underscored cooperation with Germany also in the
context of European integration.

During the meeting the ambassador Haike Peitsch asked about Armenia's
participation in NATO military exercises, to which the prime
minister answered that Armenia has expressed about its willingness
to participate, however, some political forces in Azerbaijan try
to impede that. According to prime minister, the news releases
indicate that Azerbaijani authorities have called for responsibility
the anti-Armenian protestors which shows that Azerbaijan is also
interested in Armenian participation in the military exercises.

At the end of the meeting, the sides assured readiness for joint work
to contribute to strengthening of Armenian-German relations.