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Armenian PM, Lithuanian Parliament Speaker discuss bilateral and multilateral cooperation agenda


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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received a delegation of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania, led by Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

Greeting the guests, the Prime Minister said Armenia prioritizes its relations with Lithuania, noting that the frequent high-ranking official visits between the two countries evidences that the Armenian-Lithuanian ties are dynamically developing.

“Lithuania is an important partner for Armenia with which we want to develop ties at bilateral and multilateral formats. We have set an ambitious reform agenda, and the European Union is one of our key partners in this process. We attach importance to the development of cooperation with EU-member states, with Lithuania, as well as the exchange of experience, which will become more substantive after the ratification of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). At the same time, we need to work actively to expand our bilateral cooperation,” the Premier said.

Viktoras Pranckietis said the Lithuanian side shares the Armenian Prime Minister’s opinion, and his delegation is in Armenia to discuss cooperation prospects. He advised that the Lithuanian Prime Minister is going to visit Armenia next year.

“We highly value the deepening of relations with Armenia in both bilateral format and in the frame of the European Union. Lithuania welcomes the Velvet Revolution, the democratic process underway in Armenia and is prepared to support Armenia’s democracy, impart its experience of reforms and achievements, including the fight against corruption and the judicial reform,” the Lithuanian Speaker said, adding that Armenia and Lithuania can develop effective cooperation in the economic, scientific, educational, cultural and other spheres.

The Prime Minister of Armenia and the Lithuanian Parliament Speaker agreed that the dynamically developing intergovernmental and inter-parliamentary dialogue provides a solid basis for the furtherance of bilateral relations.

The sides exchanged views on the development and strengthening of democracy. Pashinyan said democracy is an internal belief for Armenia and its people; a value system, not a foreign political orientation, and Armenia is steadfast on its way to democracy.

Prime Minister Pashinyan appreciated the Lithuanian side’s readiness to assist Armenia in this process.

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