Armenians printed the first paper and founded the first church in Singapore

28/3/2012

Within the framework of the visit to Singapore Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam. The interlocutors discussed the cooperation between the two countries in different spheres and the perspectives of intensification of the political dialogue.

According to the President of Singapore, although the two countries established diplomatic relations 20 years ago, the Armenian-Singaporean ties have a history of more than 150 years: Armenians printed the first newspaper in Singapore and founded the first Christian church.

Serzh Sargsyan said “Singapore is a successful example of rapidly developed state for many countries, including Armenia.

The two Presidents spoke about the cooperation in the fields of education, science, civil service, as well as the application of Singapore’s experience in Armenia.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the parties referred to the reinforcement of bilateral economic ties.

According to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, small countries do not decide the orbit of international relations, but follow the international rules. He is convinced that the size of the country cannot be an obstacle for development.

The Armenian President met with representatives of the most influential corporations and businesses of Singapore. The perspectives of making investments in Armenia were discussed. The Singaporean businessmen are particularly interested in cooperation with Armenia in the fields of information technologies, telecommunication, healthcare, urban development, construction of HPPs and water resource management. Armenian businessmen will visit Singapore in the near future to turn the intentions into more concrete programs.

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