The meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan and Foreign Minister of Czechia Jakub Kulhanek01 October, 2021
On October 1, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Ararat Mirzoyan, held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Jakub Kulhanek, who is in Armenia on a working visit. The meeting began with a tete-a-tete format, then continued in an extended one.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia commended the high level consultations in the political dialogue with Czechia between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
Ararat Mirzoyan emphasized the importance of the Armenian-Czech Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation as an effective platform for discussing practical issues and actions to fully realize the existing potential in the trade and economic sphere. Renewable energy, the financial and banking sector, tourism, agriculture, and healthcare were identified as promising areas for strengthening cooperation. In this context, the Armenian-Czech business forum in Yerevan held on the same day was also discussed.
The interlocutors touched upon the existing cooperation in the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, and the Armenia-European Union. Ararat Mirzoyan noted that the Eastern Partnership is a crucial format in the Armenia-EU relations; efforts should be made to further strengthen the cooperation based on inclusion, equality, and common values of the Eastern Partnership.
In the context of regional stability and security issues, the sides exchanged views on the situation in Artsakh resulting from the Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression and humanitarian issues. Ararat Mirzoyan drew particular attention to the issue of Armenian prisoners of war and captured civilians being held in Azerbaijan, emphasizing the need for their immediate, unconditional repatriation.
Minister Mirzoyan commended Czechia’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement; that is, support for the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship.
Minister Mirzoyan reiterated Armenia's readiness to resume the peace process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs based on well-known principles and elements.
At the end of the meeting, Ararat Mirzoyan and Yakub Kulhanek made a joint statement for the press.
In the morning of the same day, a delegation led by the Foreign Minister of Czechia visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to the memory of the holy martyrs of the Genocide.