Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, left, with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Yerevan and Athens Aim to Establish Economic Cooperation

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YEREVAN (Arka) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan believes that more effective intergovernmental relations between Greece and Armenia provide fertile ground for more  effective economic cooperation.

“The interstate and interethnic relations between Armenia and Greece are at a high level and continue to develop dynamically. I hope that we will be able to establish more effective economic cooperation against this fruitful background, which could  produce positive results in other areas as well,” Pashinyan said at a meeting on Tuesday, November 5, with the visiting President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Pashinyan recalled that Greece was one of the first countries to recognize the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. He said this  grounds the fact that in 2015 the Armenian parliament officially recognized the genocide of the Greeks and Assyrians in the Ottoman Empire.

“And this fact provides the basis for seeking joint solutions to global security issues, especially since the process of recognizing genocides for our nations is not just an issue of recognition of historical reality, but also is an issue of global security to prevent their repetition in the future,” he said.

Pashinyan also emphasized that Armenia expects good results from a trilateral meeting in Yerevan with the heads of government of Greece and Cyprus, which has been scheduled for January 2020. The agreement was reached in September during a meeting between Pashinyan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Pavlopoulos, in turn, said that a trilateral format of meetings could stimulate the strengthening of relations between the two peoples in all spheres, as well as the development of relations between Armenia and the European Union. He also noted that the recognition of genocides could prevent similar crimes against humanity in the future.

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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlasia Pavlopoulou arrived in Yerevan on an official visit on Tuesday at the invitation of the Armenian President Armen Sarkissian. The Greek delegation will visit the Tsitsernakaberd Complex to lay a wreath at the memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Meetings are planned also with the Chairman of the National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan and  Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II. The delegation will also visit the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, as well as meet with representatives of the Greek community.

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