On an official visit to Argentina, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met with Mauricio Macri, the Mayor of Buenos Aires.
The parties stressed the importance of decentralized cooperation for the development of inter-state relations, which, they said, plays an important role in the reinforcement of friendship between the two peoples. They said the first step was taken 10 years ago, when Yerevan and Buenos Aires were declared sister cities.
President Sargsyan referred to the presence of Armenians in Buenos Aires, which serves a strong bridge between the two countries. According to the President, Armenians, who fled the 1915 Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, were shown a warm welcome in Argentina. He thanked the city authorities of Buenos Aires for recognizing the Armenian Genocide and for the decision to open an Armenian Genocide Museum in the city, which is an invaluable step towards recognition and condemnation of the Genocide.
President Sargsyan also congratulated the Mayor of Buenos Aires on the occasion of Argentina’s Independence Day to be celebrated on July 9.
At the end of the meeting the Mayor handed the key to Buenos Aires and the certificate of the honorary visitor of the city to the Armenian President. Before leaving the City Hall, Serzh Sargsyan left a note in the book of honorary guests.
President Sargsyan next met with Julian Andres Domingues, President of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. The parties discussed the inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of reciprocal visits.