Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Spain06 July, 2022
On July 6, Foreign Minister of Armenia, who is in Madrid on a working visit, had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain José Manuel Albares Bueno.
Congratulating each other on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Foreign Ministers commended the fact that over the past three decades, effective cooperation has been established between Armenia and Spain based on traditional ties and common values.
The interlocutors emphasized the promotion of the political dialogue and high-level reciprocal visits between the two countries, expressing readiness to undertake steps towards deepening the collaboration.
They exchanged views on the full utilization of the existing potential of cooperation in the fields of trade and economy, industry, transport and infrastructure, renewable energy, information technologies. The sides agreed that the organization of business forums, the increase of business to business contacts will promote bilateral cooperation in these fields.
In terms of promoting people to people contacts they emphasized the strengthening of ties in the field of tourism. The expansion of educational exchange programs and opportunities to study each other's language and culture in both countries was emphasized.
Foreign Minister Mirzoyan highly appreciated the decision of the Spanish Government to open a resident representation in Armenia, expressing a conviction that it will give a new impetus to the interstate relations.
During the meeting, reference was made to the cooperation of the two countries on multilateral platforms, including within the framework of Armenia-EU partnership.
They also discussed issues of regional security and stability. Foreign Minister of Armenia briefed his Spanish counterpart on the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and the position of the Armenian side on the processes aimed at establishing peace and stability in the region, as well as on the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Ararat Mirzoyan emphasized the mediating role of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship in promoting the peace process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and achieving a lasting solution. Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno underscored the support of Spain to the comprehensive resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through peaceful negotiations.
Touching upon the humanitarian issues resulting from the Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh, Foreign Minister of Armenia emphasized that in gross violation of international humanitarian law, Azerbaijan continues to hold Armenian prisoners of war and civilians hostage, and pursues its policy of destructing and distorting the identity of Armenian historical cultural heritage in the territories fallen under its control, which are of universal value.
The interlocutors touched upon the process of normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey.
Following the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Spain delivered statements for the press.