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Stepanavan (Armenia) will host an Armenian-Georgian conference on regional cooperation of the Eastern Partnership members and the program for regional development, News.am reports.The program focuses on trans-border cooperation of administrations, inhabitants of regions, civil officials to solve common problems.

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Georgia and Austria discuss simplification of visa regime

Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze met Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, Trend reports.Panjikidze described the current processes in Georgia, its attitude to the Vilnius summit where the Georgian-EU association agreement will be signed, free trade agreement and a simplification of the bilateral visa regime.

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World press on Iranian nuclear crisis (October 9, 2013)

The Jerusalem Post published an article devoted to the ongoing Iranian nuclear crisis  headlined "Iran to offer to halt 20% enrichment." "Iran will reportedly offer to stop enriching uranium to levels of 20% purity in upcoming talks with world powers in Geneva, as well as offer to open the country's nuclear facilities to more intrusive international inspections," the article begins. "The Islamic Republic is also considering offering to close the underground uranium-enrichment facility near Qom," the article reads. 

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Georgian expert describes Azerbaijani presidential polls

Iosif Tsintsadze, Rector of the Georgian Diplomatic Academy, said that Azerbaijan had no immanent processes and the presidential polls were demonstrating the solidarity of the nation. He believes that Azerbaijan has good chances of maintaining a balance between relations with Russia, the EU and the US.

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Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze has meet Georgian students studying in Germany and held a Q&A about international affairs.Students arrived for the talks with Panjikidze from Berli, and Saarbrucken. They were especially interested in practical results following the Vilnius summit and signing of the association agreement with the EU. They asked questions about plans to integrate in the NATO and relations with Russia.

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Azerbaijani-EU cooperation discussed in Baku

Mahmoud Mamedguliyev, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, Gunnar Vigandinon, director of the EU foreign service for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, OSCE and regional cooperation, attended the 14th session of the Azerbaijani-EU cooperation committee in Baku yesterday, Trend reports.They discussed cooperation within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. The officials expressed satisfaction with the signing of agreements on a simplification of the mutual visa regime and readmission set for the Vilnius summit.

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Will Assad resign?

The US insists that the Syrian president resign, Assad wants to stay until an election, Russia supports him, Europe is beginning to hesitate

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Aza Migranyan, the head of the laboratory of Inter-regional Development Problems under the Institute of Market Problems of the RAS, discussed with VK the current economic situation in Armenia and the country's possible integration in the Eurasian Union. 

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GUAM delegation to attend conference in Riga

The Baltic Assembly will have a conference in Riga on Thursday, attended MPs of the Benelux and the Nordic Council, Trend reports.Delegates of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly were invited to join the upcoming meeting. Georgian Vice Speaker of Parliament Zurab Abashidze, head of the Georgian parliamentary delegation to the GUAM, will participate in the conference.Attendants of the conference will discuss prevention of tax VAT frauds in the EU.

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