As part of his state visit to the People’s Republic of China, President Serzh Sargsyan today visited Tiananmen Square, laid a wreath and paid tribute to the Monument to the People’s Heroes.
Later on, at the Great Hall of the People the RA President held a meeting with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress greeted the Armenian President and underscored that in the Republic of Armenia, China has a reliable and good partner with which the dynamically developing political dialogue is based on mutual respect and trust. He attached importance to President Serzh Sargsyan’s state visit to China and the successful high-level negotiations with President Xi Jinping which, according to Zhang Dejiang, will give new impetus to bilateral relations, elevating them to a qualitatively new level.
The Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress laid special emphasis on inter-parliamentary cooperation in deepening of collaboration in numerous areas of mutual interest and in further intensification of Armenian-Chinese ties. According to him, the two countries’ parliaments, legally reinforcing the agreements made between the Presidents, will greatly contribute to the development of political dialogue. Zhang Dejiang expressed satisfaction with the collaboration established with Armenia’s National Assembly.
President Serzh Sargsyan expressed his thanks for the warm words and hospitality and noted that Armenia regards its relations with China as one of the most important foreign policy priorities and places great value on the deepening of friendly relations with China – a country representing one of the world’s most ancient civilizations and an influential member of the international community.
The interlocutors agreed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, recent years’ successful cooperation and mutual support within the framework of international organizations have promoted friendship between Armenia and China and have built mutual trust. At the meeting, the parties also stressed the importance of inter-party cooperation which has been developing year after year.
Following the meeting with Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, President Serzh Sargsyan was hosted at the Old Summer Palace which makes up part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. This is the best place to get familiarized with Chinese rich and diverse culture.
Today, in Beijing President Serzh Sargsyan is also to hold a meeting with Li Keqiang, Premier of the PRC State Council.