Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Artak Apitonyan took part in the discussion of the Assessment Report of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan06 June, 2019
On June 6, the session within the NATO Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee - Armenia format was held at the NATO Headquarters with the participation of Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Artak Apitonyan and Deputy Minister of Defense Gabriel Balayan. During the session the sides discussed the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) Assessment Report for 2019.
Throughout the session, Artak Apitonyan stressed that Armenia is willing to pursue the conscientious implementation of all the international obligations undertaken. The efforts aimed at creating the conducive conditions for promoting the process of the exclusively peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the existing situation in the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Artsakh and Azerbaijan were also on the agenda. Deputy Minister Balayan presented the ongoing reforms in the spheres of defense and security.
The representatives of the NATO member states’ delegations highly appreciated Armenia’s partnery relations with the Organization and expressed gratitude for ongoing important contribution of Armenia in the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and KFOR. The speakers expressed their support to the efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair states towards the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, y emphasizing the importance of peaceful resolution of the conflict through negotiations.
The Deputy Foreign and Defense Ministers answered a range of questions asked by representatives of the NATO member-state delegations, underlining that the priorities of foreign policy of Armenia remains unchanged and the Armenian side gives importance to the further development of cooperation with NATO within the frameworks of Individual Partnership Action Plan.
On June 5, on the sidelines of the visit, Deputy Foreign Minister Artak Apitonyan was received by Alejandro Alvargonzález, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. During the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged thoughts on the Armenia-NATO cooperation, as well as on a range of issues concerning international and regional agenda.