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Nikol Pashinyan, Donald Tusk meet in Brussels


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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s working visit to Brussels continues. On the second day of his visit, the Prime Minister is scheduled to hold top-level meetings with the President of European Council.

On March 5, Prime Minister Pashinyan visited the European Council, where he was welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk. Following the handshake and a video recording session by the flags of the Republic of Armenia and the European Union, a private meeting was held between Nikol Pashinyan and Donald Tusk, during which issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed.

European Council President Donald Tusk welcomed the Armenian Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels, noting that it will give an opportunity to discuss the course and the ways of developing EU-Armenia relations.

“Mr. Prime Minister, this is your second visit to Brussels. We have had productive discussions during your first visit, and our meeting today is a good opportunity to continue the dialogue,” Donald Tusk said.

Nikol Pashinyan noted that relations with the EU are one of the priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy. The EU is a reliable partner for Armenia, and the continued development of bilateral cooperation is more important today amid the ongoing democratic transformations in our country.

“Armenia is prepared to make every effort in a bid to add new ideas and initiatives to the cooperation with the European Union and EU-member states,” Pashinyan said.

Noting that the Government will not deviate from the democratic agenda announced by the Armenian authorities, the Premier highlighted the importance of EU’s assistance in many spheres, including the judicial reform, the reform of the police system and the development of economic infrastructures.

The Head of Government touched upon the visa liberalization process, noting that it would be an additional impetus for the development of cooperation between Armenia and the European Union.

With reference to the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, both sides highlighted the ongoing work on CEPA ratification.

As they exchanged views on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Prime Minister and the European Council President stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement for ensuring stability and security in the region. Nikol Pashinyan assured of Armenia’s continued commitment to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs format.

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