President Sargsyan meets Minsk Group Co-Chairs, Dutch PM

On a visit to the Netherlands, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Igor Popov (Russia), James Warlick (USA) and Jacques Faure (France) and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzeyj Kasprzyk. The parties discussed the current state of the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue and the future steps.

The same day Serzh Sargsyan met with Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime Minister. The President thanked Mr. Rutte for the invitation to participate in the Hague Summit, noting that it’s a proper occasion to discuss the agenda of Armenian-Dutch relations and reinforcement of bilateral ties.

President Sargsyan underlined that Armenia attaches importance to the continuous development of friendly relations with the Netherlands and expansion of cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, scientific and other spheres.

The interlocutors agreed there are good perspectives for the development of cooperation in the fields of information technologies, agriculture, pharmaceutics, road construction and others.

Speaking about the Armenia-EU relations, Serzh Sargsyan stressed the importance of maintaining and developing the current level of the Armenia-EU cooperation, in compliance with the joint statement adopted within the framework of the Vilnius Summit and the letter exchanged between the Armenian Foreign Minister and the EU High Representative. The President said Armenia anticipates the support of the Netherlands on that path.

The parties exchanged views on regional issues and challenges, as well. President Sargsyan briefed the Dutch Prime minister on the current stage of settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

As part of the working visit, Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with representatives of the Armenian community of the Netherlands. The President referred to the Armenia-Diaspora relations, Armenia’s foreign and domestic policy, social-economic issues, the current state of Armenia-Dutch ties, the perspectives of development of the political dialogue.

On March 25 and 25 the Armenian President will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

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