GEORGIAN PRESIDENT TO PAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO ARMENIA

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YEREVAN, March 11, 2004. (RIA Novosti). Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will arrive in Armenia on Friday on a two-day official visit at an invitation from his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharyan.

The Georgian delegation includes the ministers of foreign affairs, energy, infrastructures and development, the President's representative in Samtse-Dzhavakheti (a Georgian region inhabited mainly by Armenians) and parliamentarians, the press service of the Armenian President said on Thursday.

On Friday the two leaders will hold private and extended talks.

Mikhail Saakashvili is to meet with Armenian parliamentary speaker Artur Bagdasaryan and Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan.

The Georgian President is also scheduled to meet with Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II and to attend the memorial to the victims of Armenians genocide in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

Mikhail Saakashvili's visit will focus on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, in particular, transit tariffs on Armenian cargoes.

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