Friday, December 13 2019 16:33
Marianna Mkrtchyan

MFA: Visa-free regime between Armenia and China will start to operate  30 days after the signing of the document by the RA President

MFA: Visa-free regime between Armenia and China will start to operate  30 days after the signing of the document by the RA President

ArmInfo.A visa-free regime between Armenia and China will begin to operate 30 days after the signing of the document by the President of Armenia. On December 12,  Anna Naghdalyan, the official representative of the Armenian Foreign  Ministry, stated this during a briefing in Yerevan.

Recalling that the RA National Assembly at the meeting on December 10  ratified the Armenian-Chinese intergovernmental agreement on the  abolition of the visa regime, Naghdalyan noted that the document was  sent for signature to the Armenian President.

She also stressed that in June of this year, China informed the  Armenian side about the completion of internal procedures for  ratification of this document.

It should be noted that the RA National Assembly at the meeting on  December 10 ratified the Armenian- Chinese intergovernmental  agreement on the abolition of the visa regime. As Deputy Foreign  Minister of the Republic of Armenia Avet Adonts noted in his speech,  over 10 months of 2019, 14,500 Chinese citizens visited Armenia. In  January-October 2018, 8430 Chinese citizens visited, and 8450 people  went from Armenia to China.

The abolition of the visa regime between the two states will lead to  even greater growth in tourist flow from the Middle Kingdom, will  strengthen opportunities for contacts between businessmen of the two  states, and will intensify bilateral trade and economic relations. If  in 2018 the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $  700 million, then over the 10 months of this year it already exceeded  $ 800 million. As the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of  Armenia noted, if in conditions of visa restrictions, tourist flow is  currently growing rapidly, then with the removal of them a real boom  can be expected. 

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