Former President of Germany Joachim Gauck, left, and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Former German President Visits Armenia


YEREVAN (Armenpress) —  President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian hosted former President of Germany Joachim Gauck, on September 16.

The meeting was also attended by Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

Welcoming Gauck, Sarkissian thanked him for his humanitarian activity and praised Gauck’s great contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. He added that Germany and German companies can view Armenia as a gate to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Sarkissian highlighted the presence of broad cooperation opportunities in the fields of culture, science and technologies.

“I would like the major German international companies to cooperate with Armenia in IT, artificial intelligence and mathematics spheres,” Sarkissian said.

Gauck noted, “I am very happy for the fact that I meet a president in the person of you in the region who comes from the scientific circle. I have an honor to be here today. I heard that Armenia closely followed my speech on the Armenian Genocide at the Mother Cathedral of Berlin, and I am also grateful that I can get acquainted with your country, your people and culture not from the distance, but closer.”

During the meeting the sides also exchanged views on Armenia’s development prospects, the Armenian-German relations and the Armenia-EU partnership.

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On September 15 Gauck had paid a visit to the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

Gauck visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial, as well as several monasteries and historical-cultural sites. He will also get acquainted with the activities of different structures of the Armenian Church.



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