On the 43rd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of BSEC30 June, 2021
The online meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the member states of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) was held on June 30, with the participation of the delegation of Armenia headed by Arman Khachatryan, the Head of the Department of Multilateral Policy and Development Cooperation of the MFA of Armenia.
In his remarks Arman Khachatryan touched upon the large-scale measures undertaken by the Armenian government to neutralize the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, which focus on the most affected sectors of the economy and the most vulnerable social groups. He has highlighted the importance of the need for regional coordinated actions to promote economic growth, innovative, sustainable development, and competition.
In the context of the global pandemic Arman Khachatryan also touched upon the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh with the direct involvement of Turkey and foreign terrorist fighters, as well as its consequences. Presenting to the participants the blatant violations of the commitments of the November 9 trilateral statement undertaken by Azerbaijan, he has emphasized that Azerbaijan's aggressive and provocative behavior continues to endanger peace and stability in the region. It was underlined that Azerbaijan continues to pose obstacles towards international efforts on addressing the humanitarian consequences of the war, including holding Armenian servicemen and captured civilians as hostages.
During the online meeting the unacceptability of unilateral coercive measures and blockades was also stressed, which pose impediments towards the regional economic cooperation and trade facilitation as the main goals of the BSEC.
As a result of the session, Georgia has taken the chairmanship of the BSEC, while Armenia has taken the two-year coordination of the Working Group on Energy of BSEC.