|Monday, 8 March|| arm rus eng |
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis at NATO Headquarters. The meeting focused on the furtherance of Armenian-Latvian relations. The parties also looked at ways of expanding economic cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Pashinyan stressed the need for exchanging experience with Latvia against the background of ongoing reforms in Armenia. “We hope that democratic developments in Armenia will contribute to stability and peace in the region,” Pashinyan said.
Congratulating Nikol Pashinyan on being elected as Prime Minister of Armenia, the President of Latvia noted that Armenia’s internal political developments had been closely followed and highly appreciated in his country as the process was peaceful and democratic. Raimonds Vējonis emphasized the key role played in Latvia’s cultural and economic life by the local Armenian community and went on to note that Armenians are an important and integral part of Latvian society.
The Prime Minister of Armenia stressed that his government’s steps are aimed at strengthening democracy, protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, fighting corruption and building an independent judiciary. Nikol Pashinyan said that the Armenian authorities intend to hold free, fair and transparent elections and added that Armenia considers Latvia as a friendly State and hopes that democratic changes in Armenia will help bring the two countries closer.
The parties highlighted the cooperation within the framework of EU-Armenia partnership and, in particular, on the sidelines of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.
Nikol Pashinyan thanked the Latvian side for the fact that Latvia was among the first EU countries to ratify the aforementioned agreement.