Delhi inks pact with Armenia for closer ties

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) Delhi government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the city administration of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia for cooperation in the fields of culture, sports, education and public health.

''This MoU will further promote the close bonds of friendship that exist between the citizens of the two cities. It envisages to develop cooperation in the fields of local self-government, economy, trade, science, technology, culture, sports, education and environment,'' said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, after signing the MoU.

The two sides will encaurage activities aimed at developing economic ties between business organisations and individuals of the two cities.

There will be an ''Armenia street'' in Delhi, symbolising closer relations with the former Soviet republic, she said.

Mr Yervand Zakharyan, Mayor of the city signed the pact on behalf of the Municipality of Yerevan.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the agreement will enable the two cities to have closer relations. ''We can have more interaction with Indian enterprises and can cooperate in the fields of pharmaceuticals, urban development, culture and education,'' he said.

He added that a street in Yerevan will also be named after Delhi.

Armenian ambassador to India Ashot Kochazhian, Delhi Urban Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Industries Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and other senior officers of Delhi Government, were also present on the occasion.

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