EU will explore an option of visa liberalization with Armenia – Borrell

The Foreign Ministers discussed how to strengthen the cooperation with Armenia and support its democratically elected authorities, its resilience, its security and continuation of reforms in the country, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said at a press conference following the meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

“We decided to beef up out mission in Armenia with more patrols in the sensitive areas of the border. And we will explore a possible support to Armenia under European Peace Facility and an option for visa liberalization for Armenia,” he said.

“We have to be very much vigilant for any attempt of destabilization of Armenia. Our message to Azerbaijan has been clear: any violation of Armenian territorial integrity would be unacceptable and have severe consequences for the quality of our relations,” the EU foreign policy chief said.

He called for resumption of negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan based on the work done by the President of the EU Council.

“We need a peace treaty to be concluded, and we are committed to continue our mediating role,” Borrel said.

He informed that the EU Foreign Ministers have decided to invite Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan to join them on the margins of the next Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

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