Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visiting Brussels met with the president of France Emanuel Macron at NATO Headquarters.
The prime minister first congratulated Emanuel Macron that the French national football team plays in the final of the World Cup and wished success to the French team. Nikol Pashinyan underlined that Armenia appreciated the relations between France and Armenia based on traditional friendship and mutual respect.
“It is a big honor for us to host the 17thLa Francophonie Summit. We commit to organizing it at the highest level. We are thankful to France for their support to the preparations,” the prime minister of Armenia said, adding that during the summit the focus will be on the economic component. There will be a business forum involving entrepreneurs and employers of Francophone countries and it is expected to form a network of entrepreneurs of Francophone states.
The prime minister added that equal opportunities have been created for entrepreneurship in Armenia and expressed confidence that in the new situation the Armenian-French economic relations will get a spur. Nikol Pashinyan expressed confidence that the state visit of Emanuel Macron to Armenia and participation in the summit will add significance to this important event for both Armenia and the entire Francophone community.
Emanuel Macron congratulated Nikol Pashinyan on his election as prime minister and underlined the peaceful, democratic denouement of the events in Armenia. The French president underscored that his country is ready to continue efforts aimed at enlarging cooperation with Armenia, including trade and economic relations. Emanuel Macron expressed confidence that La Francophonie Summit in Yerevan will be held at a high level and held out hope that during his visit to Armenia there will be a chance for a more substantial discussion of issues and proposals aimed at further deepening and strengthening of Armenian-French relations.
The interlocutors also discussed the Karabakh conflict and underscored its peaceful settlement mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. Nikol Pashinyan appreciated the efforts of the co-chairs, including France, aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Artsakh issue and stability in the region. The prime minister highlighted that Armenia is committed to the negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs must be seen as an encroachment upon democracy and human rights.