Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Cyprus04 June, 2019
On June 4, Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who is in Nicosia on a working visit, had a meeting with Nikos Christodoulides, Foreign Minister of Cyprus.
Minister Mnatsakanyan thanked his colleague for warm reception and commended that this visit is a good opportunity give a new impetus to the cordial relations between Armenia and Cyprus, based on friendship and strong historical ties of mutual respect, in which the Armenian community in Cyprus had its invaluable contribution. Minister Mnatsakanyan underlined willingness to undertake practical steps to further develop and enlarge the cooperation in several fields on the basis of existing big potential.
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Nikos Christodoulides touched upon the Armenia-Cyprus-Greece trilateral meeting and expressed their confidence that this new format of cooperation will become a strong platform for an open discussion on the ways of promoting and developing cooperation in political, economic, cultural fields and for outlining and effectively implementing steps in that direction. The Foreign Ministers stressed out that this format may effectively promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region, as well as advance the mutual support in international fora.
The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Cyprus touched upon the partnership between Armenia and the EU, in this context emphasizing the full utilization of opportunities of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan also attached importance to the launch of visa liberalization dialogue by outlining that the aforementioned process will give an opportunity to further enlarge people to people contacts and will give an impetus for strengthening cooperation between Armenia and the EU member states.
The sides highly valued the existing effective cooperation within international organizations between the two countries, particularly on the advancement of genocide prevention agenda.
Upon his interlocutor’s request, Zohrap Mnatsakanian presented the latest domestic developments in Armenia and the development agenda of the Government, country’s foreign policy priorities.
The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Cyprus exchanged views on a number of international and regional urgent issues. The sides shared the view that each conflict is specific features, and taking them into account is essential for peaceful resolution.
In the context of Cyprus issue, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan expressed his support to resumption of negotiations aimed at peaceful resolution. Referring to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Zohrap Mnatsakanyan presented to Nikos Christodoulides Armenia’s approaches to and principled position on the exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict.