PM OF SINGAPORE WISHES TO RESTORE ARMENIAN-SINGAPOREAN ECONOMIC TIES
- YEREVAN. - Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan, who is on a state visit to Singapore, met with the country's leaders on Wednesday.
Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam welcomed Sargsyan at the Governmental Residence, and then they headed to the Meetings' Hall, Armenian President's Press Office informed Armenian News-NEWS.am. At the meeting, Tony Tan Keng Yam noted that although diplomatic relations between Armenia and Singapore were established but a mere twenty years ago, the history of the two countries' relations go back to more than a century. Also, the President of Singapore expressed his country's assistance to Armenia, specifically offering experience exchange.
Serzh Sargsyan agreed to this offer, and expressed a desire to utilize Singapore's development track-record.
At the same Governmental Residence, Armenia's President also met with Singaporean PM, Lee Hsien Loong. The latter likewise recalled the Singaporean-Armenian community's important role, and expressed a wish see the close Armenian-Singaporean economic ties restored.
Lee Hsien Loong and Serzh Sargsyan had taken part in the Nuclear Safety Summit, which was held in Seoul on Tuesday. In this regard, the Singaporean PM underscored the attendance to this summit, specifically noting: "Small countries do not decide a vector of international relations, but they live with international rules."
And as a result of talks with the Singaporean leadership, both countries also signed documents on Wednesday. In particular, the governments of the two countries signed a memorandum of cooperation in the cultural sphere, and an agreement on mutually lifting visa requirements for those persons who carry diplomatic and service passports.
- 1799 Birth of Eone Kish (Kishian), Hungarian Armenian revolutionary figure.
- 1827 General Ivan Paskevich is appointed Governor of the Caucasus and Commander of the Caucasian Special Corps.
- 1830 Birth of organist, conductor, teacher, and public figure, Anton Mayilian in Tbilissi.
- 1907 Birth of surgeon Ivan Gevorgian. He invented pain-killers and pioneered new ways for blood transfusion.
- 1920 The Drama Institute presents its first play.
- 1923 Birth of two-time hero and pilot Nelson Stepanian. The group of pilots led by Nelson Stepanian sank more than 50 enemy ships and destroyed 13 airplanes in World War Two. Nelson Stepanian flew 240 sorties. He died in a dogfight in 1944.
- 1928 Birth of artist and sculptor Ara Harootoonian. His great architectural work is the Sardarapat complex.
- 1988 The Supreme Soviet of the USSR rejects Artsakh's demand to be reunited with Armenia.