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RA PM, LA Mayor discuss cooperation prospects


On the margins of his working visit to the United States, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his spouse Anna Hakobyan today were hosted at the Los Angeles City Hall. The official reception at the City Hall was followed by the private meeting of the Armenian Prime Minister and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti.

Welcoming the Armenian Prime Minister and his delegation, the LA Mayor appreciated Nikol Pashinyan’s visit to the United States and Los Angeles. “We are delighted to host you, Mr. Pashinyan, at the Los Angeles City Hall. The Armenian community of LA is very successful and is actively engaged in our city’s public-political life. Los Angeles and Yerevan are sister cities, we are cooperating effectively as we prioritize the cooperation with Armenia, in general,” the LA Mayor said.

The Prime Minister of Armenia thanked the LA Mayor for the warm welcome and the assistance provided for organizing a public meeting at the Grand Park. Nikol Pashinyan said half his visit program relates to cooperation with California and Los Angeles. “Following the radical political transformations we are now implementing major economic changes and recording progress in this area. Cooperation with our partners will play a key role in this process. As of today, we have good dynamics in the economy. We have stated good results in curbing systematic corruption and monopolies, ensuring technological progress and improving the business climate. The continued cooperation with our American partners, including the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, as well as the exchange of experience will contribute to the success of these processes. I also want to express gratitude to the Los Angeles city authorities for their warm attitude toward the Armenian people,” Prime Minister Pashinyan stated

The parties went on to discuss cooperation development prospects in tourism and information technologies. They highlighted the importance of establishing direct air communications. An agreement was reached to step up contacts in a bid to develop specific cooperation programs.

In conclusion, the Armenian Premier and the Los Angeles Mayor exchanged symbolic souvenirs.

After their private interview, the Armenian Prime Minister and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti left for the Grand Park downtown Los Angeles to attend the scheduled public meeting. The LA Mayor delivered opening remarks at the meeting.

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