James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, left, with Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

NATO Caucasus Special Rep. Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan received on March 11 James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Mnatsakanyan saluted the visit of the NATO official in the sidelines of the “NATO week” in Armenia. The two reaffirmed their commitment for cooperation in the sidelines of the Armenia-NATO Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP).

The two sides praised the approval of the National Action Plan 2019-2021 for the implementation of the provisions of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” by the Government of Armenia.

Appathurai welcomed Armenia’s active participation and contribution to the establishment of international peace, noting that such actions contribute to the enhancement of Armenia’s reputation as an important participant of international security.

At the request of Appathurai, Mnatsakanyan presented the foreign policy priorities of Armenia, the approaches and principled position of the Armenian side in the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

At a press conference on March 11, Appathurai responded to several questions. When asked if NATO has taken a position on Armenia sending a humanitarian delegation to Syria, he reponded: “NATO has no official position on this issue. We discussed that issue the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Armenia. I listened to their argumentation over the situation. We clearly understand the political and humanitarian incentives of Armenia to lend a helping hand to that community.”

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A group consisting of humanitarian de-miners, doctors and specialists ensuring their safety, a total of 83 people, departed from Armenia for Syria’s Aleppo on February 8 aimed at providing professional humanitarian support to the locals.

Later President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian received Appathurai, who again stressed that Armenia is a firm and reliable partner of the NATO.

Topics: NATO
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