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YEREVAN. – President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Friday visited the site of the future Friendship Bridge which is to cross Debed river, Armenian News – NEWS.am correspondent reports.
The construction agreements are scheduled to be signed in the first quarter of 2017, while the bridge will be commissioned in summer or fall 2018.
In his speech, Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of Armenia, Vahan Martirosyan, underscored the importance of developing transportation links between Armenia, Georgia and Iran. The new bridge will replace the old one built back in the 1960s. It will have a capacity to bear the current cargo traffic and attract transit cargo. The financial sources of the project include the loan taken out by the Armenian Government, as well as the co-funding of the Armenian and Georgian governments.
For his part, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Genadi Arveladze, stated that the republic is ready to modernize its road network to provide a wide and convenient transportation corridor both from west to east, and from north to south.
The Minister and Deputy Minister also noted the significance of the project as a symbol of the long-lasting friendship of the two neighboring countries and peoples.
The agreement on the bridge construction, signed by the Armenian and Georgian governments, entered into force in June 2015. The bridge will be built by means of the 10.3 mln euro loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Tender for choosing a contractor and technical controller has already been announced. It is carried out through the efforts of the Armenian and Georgian governments in cooperation with EBRD.
YEREVAN. – President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on Wednesday received the heads and representatives of Diaspora Armenian organizations, who have arrived in Armenia on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the country.
Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, Great House of Cilicia Catholicos Aram I, National Assembly President Galust Sahakyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, and several other officials also attended the talk.
The President delivered welcoming remarks to those in attendance.
“Restitution of Armenian statehood has been the key objective that bridges the Armenia-Artsakh [(Nagorno)]-[Armenian] Diaspora trinity,” Sargsyan noted, in particular.
The official redeeming of the “25th Anniversary” and “Independence” postage stamps, which are issued on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, also was held within the framework of this meeting.
Three of the firms subcontracted to build Istanbul‘s third Bosporus bridge have filed for bankruptcy protection, according to news reports on Monday.
ESA İnşaat, Saryapı İnşaat and İSDEM Yapı were hit hard by the recent surge in the value of the dollar against the lira and subsequently applied to local İstanbul courts to avoid bankruptcy. report Zaman
ESA İnşaat, which was contracted to perform excavation and tunnel work, employed nearly 1,000 workers for the construction of the bridge. İSDEM Yapı, which brought in TL 37 million in revenue from the bridge last year, is involved in constructing highways in conjunction with the bridge, while Saryapı İnşaat is building a 10-kilometer-long road within the scope of the project. Saryapı earned TL 100 million in revenue from the project last year.
The bridge project has been fraught with controversy since its inception as environmentalists argue it will be devastating to the forestland in the northern end of the city and will exacerbate — rather than relieve — the city’s severe traffic problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a major supporter of the project, previously claimed during his tenure as İstanbul mayor in the 1990s that a third bridge would be disastrous for the city.