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Armenia hopes Beirut tie will help it reach out to Arabs

Armenia plans to use Lebanon as its trading base for commerce with the Arab countries, the Armenian government's press service said in summarizing a meeting Thursday of the Armenia-Lebanon Intergovernmental Commission attended by the prime ministers of the two countries, Andranik Markarian and Rafik Khariri, respectively.

The commission meeting noted the existing agreement between the two countries for an exhibition of Armenian agricultural wares in Lebanon. Khariri spoke of the potential contribution to be made to the economic cooperation of the two nations by Lebanon's large Armenian population. He also spoke of the importance of Armenia's help in winning World Trade Organization membership for Lebanon. Markarian, in turn, declared that Armenia, a member of the WTO, would do what it could to assist Lebanon toward WTO membership