Armenia registers progress in Association talks with EU, Lithuanian FM says

Artak Barseghyan

Armenian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Linas Linkevičius discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral, regional and international significance. The two Ministers summed up the results of the meeting at a joint press conference.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said they agreed to follow the implementation of agreements reached on the level of the Foreign Ministers two years ago and continue the political consultations between the foreign offices of the two countries. Reference was made to regional issues, particularly the importance of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

“We have agreements in the fields of defense, culture and others, but the most important to us is Armenia’s cooperation with the European Union,” Linas Linkevičius said, in turn, adding that Armenia registers progress in the negotiations on the creation of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and the Association Agreement. The Lithuanian Foreign Minister hopes to see tangible progress will be registered in the European integration process before the Vilnius summit in November, and wished success to Armenia on that path.

Edward Nalbandian hailed the cooperation between the delegations of the two countries within the framework of international organizations.

Armenia will assume the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from May 16. Before that Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will visit Armenia in mid-March.

A number of important events are expected within the framework of Armenia’s presidency. Among the most significant events will be Armenian President’s visit to Strasbourg, the Armenian Foreign Minister said.

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