Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan’s meeting with Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia18 September, 2019
On September 18, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who is on an official visit in Riga, met Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Foreign Minister of Latvia.
Expressing gratitude for the warm reception, Minister Mnatsakanyan expressed confidence that his visit would greatly contribute to the further development and strengthening of the traditionally friendly relations between the two countries and peoples, which have a deep respect for each other.
The counterparts expressed satisfaction with the existing levels of cooperation and reiterated their resolve to enhance the bilateral agenda. The foreign ministers discussed the prospects of the establishment of cooperation platforms for information technologies, creative education, and electronic management. The counterparts commended existing cooperation between Armenia and Lithuania and reiterated their determination to continue the joint effort to further enrich the bilateral agenda.
In his remarks, the Foreign Minister of Armenia also touched upon the ongoing reforms in Armenia. highlighting the reforms in the field of judiciary.
In the context of Armenia-EU cooperation, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan appreciated the role of CEPA in terms of enhancement of cooperation with the EU and the EU Member States and propelling the commenced reform process in Armenia. Minister Mnatsakanyan noted that the launch of the dialogue on visa liberalization is a priority for Armenia and in that context highly appreciated the support provided by Latvia.
Within the framework of Armenia-EU cooperation, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan valued the role of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement both in terms of expanding interaction with the EU and EU member states and advancing the reform process launched in Armenia. Minister Mnatsakanyan noted that the launch of the visa liberalization dialogue is of primary importance for Armenia and highly appreciated the support provided by Latvia within that process.
The interlocutors exchanged views on current issues of international and regional agenda. Minister Mnatsakanyan briefed his counterpart on the principled position and approaches of Armenia to the process of Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement.
At the end of the meeting, the Foreign Ministers held a joint press conference.
During the visit, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Latvia laid flowers at the Freedom Monument. Minister Mnatsakanyan also visited the National Library of Latvia. At the end of the tour, the Foreign Minister of Armenia presented the book “Matenadaran”, dedicated to Armenian manuscripts, to the Famous People's Depository.