French President Emmanuel Macron greets Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at the Elysee Palace

Pashinyan Travels to France for Peace Conference, UNESCO Anniversary

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PARIS — Accompanied by his spouse Anna Hakobyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in France on a working to attend the Second Paris Peace Conference and the 40th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference.

The official reception was attended by UN Secretary General António Guterres, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi, PRC Vice President Wang Qishan, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and others.

On November 12, Pashinyan attended the opening of the Second Paris Peace Forum and a thematic discussion, at which he will deliver a speech. Prime Minister Pashinyan will present a symbolic gift to the Library of the Paris Peace Forum.

President of France Emmanuel Macron, Vice President of China Wang Qishan, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Félix Tshisekedi and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered opening remarks at the Forum.

Pashinyan presented a symbolic gift to the Paris Peace Forum Library, a book by Hayk Demoyan about Armenian athletes in the Ottoman Empire.

Introducing the book, the premier said it is about Armenian sporting clubs and achievements in the Ottoman Empire before the 1915 Genocide. The book features photos of Armenian athletes who used to participate in sports, as well as advertisements which encouraged women to exercise. And it happened more than 100 years ago in the Ottoman Empire – a society absolutely intolerant to the women’s social and physical activity. Sporting clubs were established among Armenians against all odds and were contributing to the peace and peaceful coexistence between the Christian and the ruling Muslim Communities.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan greets Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo

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Pashinyan held private talks with Macron on the sidelines of the Second Paris Peace Forum.

Macron thanked the Armenian premier for accepting the invitation to partake in the Forum. He stressed the great importance he attaches to developing multifaceted cooperation with Armenia. In turn, Prime Minister Pashinyan expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and high-level organization of the Forum. Pashinayn said meetings held on various occasions may add momentum to bilateral relations.

Pashinyan and Macron referred to issues high on the agenda of Franco-Armenian relations, as well as the prospects for launching visa liberalization talks between Armenia and the European Union.

Pashinyan visited the Office of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie to meet with OIF Secretary General Louise Mushikiwabo.

Later on he visited the pavilion of the IDeA Foundation on the sidelines of the Forum where he got acquainted with the exhibits, the Foundation’s activities, including materials about the Aurora Humanitarian Prize. Aurora Prize Laureate, Dr. Tom Catena was in attendance.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

Pashinyan also met with UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

Pashinyan highlighted the ongoing cooperation between the Armenian government and UNESCO and reaffirmed Armenia’s support for humanitarian missions carried out by this organization in different parts of the world. Noting that Armenia is eager to expand the scope of interaction with UNESCO, the premier hailed the Organization’s sustained focus on the preservation of cultural heritage in our region.

Pashinyan emphasized that Armenia is committed to promoting education as a powerful tool for training young generations in the spirit of peace, dialogue, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination.

Pashinyan added that his government fully supports the Yerevan State University’s proposal to establish a UNESCO Chair on Education and Genocide Prevention. He stressed that education is a powerful tool for preventing the crime of genocide.

Azoulay thanked Pashinyan for attending the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference and praised Armenia’s efforts to preserve its rich cultural heritage.

Late on November 11, Pashinyan arrived in the Champs Elysees, where he attended an official reception hosted by Macron in honor of the heads of state and government participating in the forum.

 

 

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