Launch of direct air flights between Yerevan and Kazakh capital city Astana will give a boost to business ties between Armenia and Kazakhstan, Kazakh prime minister Serik Akhmedov said Wednesday in Russian St. Petersburg during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Tigran Sargsyan, bnews.kz reports.
The Armenian government press service said the two men discussed prospects of Armenian -Kazakh relations, a wide range of other issues as well as Armenia's upcoming membership in the Customs Union. They were said also to have underscored the importance of direct air flights between Yerevan and Astana in the contest of expansion of bilateral ties, Arka news agency reports.
Sargsyan spoke about Armenia’s transition to the “open skies policy” which he said is a good opportunity for economic development and promotion of tourism.
The sides also said it is important to revitalize the work of the Armenian- Kazakh inter-parliamentary commission.
The prime minister was in St. Petersburg to attend a regular meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government. He was accompanied by head of government staff Vache Gabrielyan , economy minister Vahram Avanesyan , deputy economy ministers Karine Minasyan and Ara Petrosyan, deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan and some other high-ranking government officials.