Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, left, with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping

Armenia PM, China President Discuss Further Development of Relations

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BEIJING (news.am) — Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, who is on a working visit to the People’s Republic of China, met with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the National People’s Congress on May 14.

After the handshake and protocol video filming and photographing, the leaders of the two countries discussed several issues on the agenda of the Armenian-Chinese relations.

The Chinese president stated that he is glad to host Pashinyan and expressed gratitude to him for accepting the invitation to participate in the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. Xi Jinping stated that China attaches importance to the ongoing enhancement of relations with Armenia in different sectors and talked about the strong cultural and historical relations. Jinping also emphasized that China is ready to participate in the construction of the North-South Road Corridor and other infrastructure projects.

According to the President of the People’s Republic of China, certain Armenian products were successfully showcased at recent exhibitions in China and are presented in the Chinese market.

Prime Minister Pashinyan expressed gratitude to Xi Jinping for inviting him to the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations and stated that this meeting serves as a good opportunity to discuss the perspectives for bilateral cooperation. “The relations with the People’s Republic of China are among the priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy. We attach great importance to fruitful and constructive relations with China,” Nikol Pashinyan said and congratulated Xi on the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China.

The two exchanged views on Armenian-Chinese relations, as well as current global and regional policy issues of mutual interest.

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They discussed the development of cooperation in agriculture, transport, energy, information technologies, infrastructures, education and other sectors as prospective.

During the meeting, the interlocutors also touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and stated that the conflict must be settled through dialogue.

Pashinyan is accompanied on the trip by his wife, Anna Hakobyan.

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