Foreign Minister Meets with Rwandan Counterpart

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YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan met on October 9 with his Rwandan counterpart, Louise Mushikiwabo, the Foreign Ministry announced.

Mushikiwabo was in Armenia for the La Francophonie events.

She was also elected to be the president of the organization later that week.

During the meeting the Armenian FM noted that he is happy to once again host his Rwandan counterpart after August.

Speaking about the bilateral agenda, the sides stressed mutual readiness to deepen relations and cooperation, pointing out digital economy, IT and innovations as a targeted sector.

The Armenian FM stressed that comprehensive development of relations with African countries is one of Armenia’s foreign policy priorities and expressed hope that the 35th Ministerial Conference and the XVII summit of La Francophonie in Yerevan will boost expansion of cooperation.

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Armenia has been a member of the organization since 2008.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its members share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language. The French language and its humanist values represent the two cornerstones on which the International Organisation of La Francophonie is based.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 84 member states and governments (58 members and 26 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 900 million people, including 274 million French speakers.

IOF organizes political activities and actions of multilateral cooperation that benefit French-speaking populations. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace and sustainable development.

IOF has concluded 33 cooperation agreements with international and regional organizations and has established permanent dialogue between the major international linguistic zones (the English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arab-speaking zones).

The IOF has its head office in Paris as well as four permanent representations in Addis Ababa (at the African Union and at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), in Brussels (at the European Union), in New York and in Geneva (at the UN). It has three regional offices (West Africa ; Central Africa and Indian Ocean ; Asia-Pacific) located respectively in Lomé (Togo), Libreville (Gabon) and Hanoi (Vietnam) and two regional antennas in Bucharest (Romania) and in Port-au-Prince (Haiti).

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