Armenia, Lebanon agree to abolish diplomatic visas

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 Armenia and Lebanon agreed Monday to abolish visas for diplomats between the two countries and to mutually recognize college diplomas.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and President Michel Sleiman signed the two agreements at Baabda Palace upon the arrival of the former to Lebanon.

According to Sleiman’s office, the two signed an agreement “to mutually abolish visas for the two countries and recognize college diplomas,” in the presence of the Armenian delegation and several Lebanese ministers. 

Sargsyan also discussed with Sleiman bilateral agreements aimed at improving ties between the two countries.

In a joint news conference at Baabda Palace, Sargsyan said he held “productive talks” with Sleiman and discussed ways to widen the scope ties between Lebanon and Armenia.

“This year marks 20 years since we began bilateral relations,” Sargsyan said.

“We have signed 30 agreements since then and we will add two more with this visit,” he added. 

For his part, Sleiman said he informed the Armenian official of his efforts to launch Dialogue and distance Lebanon from regional conflicts. 

“We affirmed the mutual desire to strengthen ties between the two countries and focused on the need to strengthen cultural and social cooperation,” Sleiman said.

The two also discussed changes in the Arab world and the 8-day conflict between Israel and Hamas which ended last week with a shaky truce.

They also discussed means for a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict

On Syria, the two agreed that the only optimal solution for the 21-month-old crisis was a political solution based on dialogue without any military intervention.

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