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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's working visit to the French Republic, Paris

08.03.2022 - 09.03.2022

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in Paris, France on a working visit.

The governmental delegation headed by the Prime Minister consists of Minister of Foreign Affairs Ararat Mirzoyan, Minister of Health Anahit Avanesyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosyan, Deputy Ministers of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayik Khzmalyan, Arthur Martirosyan and others.

In the sidelines of the visit, the Prime Minister will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace. Afterwards, the leaders of the two countries will take part in the conference entitled "Ambitions: Armenia-France" in Paris.

During the event, members of the Armenian and French governments will discuss issues related to the development and expansion of cooperation in various fields. Prime Minister Pashinyan and President Macron will deliver remarks at the conference. 

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On the morning of March 9, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is in France on a working visit, visited the cemetery of Montfort-l'Amaury, a suburb of Paris, where world-famous Armenian chansonnier and National Hero of Armenia Charles Aznavour is buried.

The Prime Minister laid flowers at the chansonnier's tomb, paying homage to his memory.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ararat Mirzoyan, Minister of Health Anahit Avanesyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Gnel Sanosyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to France Hasmik Tolmajyan and other officials of the governmental delegation.

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace.

During the private conversation, the interlocutors highlighted the holding of the "Ambitions: Armenia-France" conference in Paris, expressing confidence that it will give a new impetus to the development and expansion of bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, infrastructure, tourism, health, education, science and culture.

The sides stressed that the Armenian-French cooperation based on mutual trust and friendship will soon develop with a new impetus, with discussions and implementation of various joint projects.

Prime Minister Pashinyan noted that the Armenian government is interested in the expansion of the presence of French business in the Armenian market. Cooperation in economic sectors such as infrastructure, tourism, reservoir construction, agriculture, etc. was highlighted.

Emmanuel Macron stressed France's readiness and interest in deepening ties with friendly Armenia in economic and humanitarian spheres.

During the meeting, the interlocutors also discussed the situation around Nagorno Karabakh. The Prime Minister considered inadmissible any attempt to escalate the situation, noting that Azerbaijan continues provocative actions both in Artsakh and on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, as a result of which the Armenian side suffered two casualties, one victim and one injured on March 7.

The interlocutors highlighted the comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs’ format and the implementation of the trilateral statements signed after the 44-day war.

Nikol Pashinyan and Emnanuel Macron also referred to the processes taking place in the international arena.

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and French President Emmanuel Macron took part in the final plenary session of the conference entitled "Ambitions: Armenia-France" in Paris.

The forum was attended by a number of representatives of the governments and local governments of Armenia and France, the local Armenian community and the French business community.

In his speech, Prime Minister Pashinyan particularly said,

“Honorable Mr. President, Dear Emmanuel,

Distinguished Members of the Government of France and Armenia,
Dear friends,

It is a great honor to be here today, in Paris, at the final meeting of the "Ambitions: Armenia-France" conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and France, organized by the friendly French government under the auspices of President Emmanuel Macron.

On the occasion of this important anniversary, I would like to confirm that relations between our countries have been and are at the highest level, and this period is characterized as a thirty-year period of continuous growth, unique relations of friendship and close cooperation.

Today in Paris, in the presence of the President of France, representatives of the Armenian community, on behalf of Armenia and the Armenian people, I express my gratitude for the exceptionally warm relations and friendship over these years.

Yes, we, the Armenians, are grateful to brotherly France for the sincere and unselfish support that it has provided to our republic over the past thirty years, as well as for listening to the Armenian people and their just aspirations. We do not forget the fact that France is the first country to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide by law, and the only country that, together with Armenia, has been commemorating April 24 at the state level during the past four years.

One of the most important achievements of the last thirty years is the establishment of close and direct contacts between the local governments of Armenia and France and the implementation of new programs.

One of the important pillars of the Armenian-French relations is educational cooperation, which also contributes to the spread of Francophonie in our country. This is evidenced by the dynamic cooperation between the French University in Armenia, the French-Armenian Professional Educational Center, the French Lyceum named after Anatole France, as well as a number of educational institutions through the close cooperation with the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3. The French Institute in Armenia has also joined these institutions, and we highly appreciate your active participation, Mr. President, in the decision to establish it. Located in the Aznavour Center, this institute provides Armenian youth with a unique opportunity to receive education and upbringing in the spirit of the Great Armenian, the Great Frenchman and the symbol of Armenian-French friendship - Charles Aznavour.

We welcome the idea of an ambitious development program for the French University in Armenia, and I would like to confirm that the Armenian government is ready to support the implementation of this important initiative.

We also thank France for sharing the Armenian success: Tumo centers in Paris and Lyon are a prime example of cooperation in the field of innovative education and an inspiration for Armenia.

We are thankful to France for sharing Armenia's success. The opening of TUMO centers in Paris, and recently in Lyon is a shining example of cooperation in the field of innovative education and it was inspiring for Armenia.

New programs are being outlined in addition to the existing cooperation with Paris and Lyon Hospital Network, Doctors Without Borders, and Armenian medical institutions. Cooperation in this area was best demonstrated during and after the recent Artsakh war, when several dozen doctors arrived in Armenia to treat the wounded Armenians.

As for cooperation within international organizations, I could not fail to mention the Francophonie Summit held in Armenia in 2018, which was the largest international event in our country since Armenia's independence.

Honorable Mr. President,

Dear attendees,

Following the 44-day war in 2020, as well as in the context of the current global challenges, Armenia today has a vital need to strengthen its economy, to bring new breath to its economic policy, including by attracting new investment programs.

We are glad that after the war France expressed political will to support Armenia economically, to foster the Armenian-French economic cooperation in a new way.

Having successful examples of the presence of the French capital in Armenia- "Amundi-Acba", "Veolia", "Pernod Ricard", "Carrefour", as well as a number of programs implemented by the French Development Agency, the five-year roadmap for cooperation signed between Armenia and France in December last year provides a wide range of opportunities and is a strong basis for promoting ambitious cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare and high technology.

Today's conference, its rich and impressive agenda, is the logical continuation of the consistent steps taken in recent months, and one of the first steps towards the implementation of the signed roadmap. Therefore, let me express conviction that the discussions that took place during the conference and the contacts between the Armenian and French partners will be really effective, leading to the launch of a fruitful working cooperation and the implementation of new and promising programs. On behalf of the Armenian government, I can assure you that we will spare no effort and energy for the effective implementation of joint programs.

Dear friends,

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations, let us not forget that these three decades are only a piece in the rich mosaic of Armenian-French interactions and relations. Since the Middle Ages, the Armenian-French contacts have been permanent and multi-layered. It is enough to mention the close relations and cultural interactions between the French Kingdom and the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia in the Middle Ages. One of its greatest symbols is the last king of Armenian Cilicia,Levon VI Lusinyan, whose relics are buried in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, next to the famous kings of France.

The living symbol of modern Armenian-French relations is the presence of a vibrant Armenian community of 700,000 in France, which is one of the strong driving forces of our effective cooperation, the guarantor of unhindered cooperation and perpetual brotherhood between our peoples.

I cannot but refer to the 44-day war, the solidarity shown by France in those days with the Armenian people. In particular, I would like to remind that President Macron was the first world leader who gave a clear and impartial assessment of the events that were taking place. In the same way, the French society stood with Armenia in the most difficult moment, which was also expressed in the resolutions adopted by the French Senate and the National Assembly in defense of the rights of the Artsakh Armenians.

In this context, I would like to reaffirm Armenia's high appreciation of the important role of France as the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair in the process of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as express the hope that joint mediation efforts with other Co-chairs will help establish peace in the region, foster the opening of communication routes and the development of economic cooperation.

As for this important event, I would like to once again address a word of appreciation to the French Government, in particular, to President Macron, for initiating this conference and bringing together all the actors of the Armenian-French cooperation under one roof. I am glad to welcome the members of the French government, the heads of French public institutions, representatives of French regions, departments and cities, representatives of French-Armenian organizations and civil society, thanking them for their valuable contribution and commitment to the Armenian-French friendship.

Honorable Mr. President,

Dear friends,

In conclusion, I would like to express hope that, despite the losses suffered by Armenia, as well as all the challenges that Europe has faced today in the face of the events in Ukraine, we will overcome all problems and continue to successfully strengthen the friendship between our peoples, together heading to new achievements for the sake of peace and the well-being of our peoples.

Long live Armenia!

Long live France!

Long live the inviolable friendship between our peoples".

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had an informal meeting with European Council President Charles Michel in Paris.

The interlocutors discussed various issues on the agenda of Armenia-European Union cooperation.

The situation around Nagorno Karabakh was touched upon. The Prime Minister presented the current situation in Artsakh and on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and considered inadmissible the continuing provocative actions by Azerbaijan in the recent days.

The parties also exchanged views on the processes taking place in the international arena.

Nikol Pashinyan's working visit to the French Republic is over.

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