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Prime Minister receives Foreign Ministers of Rwanda and Gabon


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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received today Minister for Foreign Affairs of Rwanda Louise Mushikivabo who as the representative of the African Union was accompanied by Reggie Imongol, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francophone and Regional Integration of Gabon.

Appreciating the visit of the foreign ministers of two African countries, Nikol Pashinyan noted that the arrival of such a high-ranking delegation is a good opportunity for discussing issues related to the upcoming summit of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) in Yerevan, and turning a new page in the relationships between Armenia and the African countries, as well as for exchanging ideas on the development of cooperation.

Thankful for the reception, the Foreign Minister of Rwanda said she was impressed by our country’s achievements and the warm attitude towards the African delegation. According to Luise Mushikivabo, the time has come for Armenia and the African nations to give fresh impetus to mutual relations and take practical steps. She noted that they had been closely following and were very much impressed by the Armenian Prime Minister’s activities.

The interlocutors discussed a number of issues related to the preparatory work for the OIF summit. The Prime Minister stressed that it is a great honor for Armenia to host the summit, and went on to assure that the necessary efforts shall be made to hold it properly and at a high level.

“The summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie is a good platform for holding discussions on the furtherance of interaction between francophone nations and for strengthening friendship and humanitarian ties between peoples,” the head of the Armenian government said, adding that our country will make every effort to ensure that the summit goes a long way toward enhancing unity and cooperation within the organization. The Prime Minister noted that a business forum is due to be held on the margins of the summit in a bid to promote business ties between francophone countries.

In turn, Louise Mushikivabo noted that the African continent will be represented at the highest level at the Yerevan summit of La Francophonie in Yerevan. They assured of their firm resolve to make an active contribution to its proceedings. The Foreign Minister of Rwanda shared her impressions of the visit of the Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide, highlighting the educational and cognitive value of the museum.

In this context, the Prime Minister touched upon the cooperation on international platforms, prioritizing the need for the governments of Armenia and Rwanda to make joint efforts toward preventing and condemning genocides.

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