Vahagn Khachatryan, right, with Radoslaw Fogiel

Armenian President Raises Issue of Lachin Corridor in Meeting with President of Poland-Armenia Friendship Group


YEREVAN (Armenpress) — On April 3, the President of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Khachatryan received the delegation led by the President of the Poland-Armenia Friendship Group, Radoslaw Fogiel.

Khachatryan said “I welcome you to the Republic of Armenia. I am well aware of the great work you are doing for the strengthening and development of Armenia-Poland relations, and I express my gratitude for the work you have done. Parliamentary diplomacy has a great place in our relations, which can also, of course, stimulate the joint work of other branches of government. Both our countries are going through difficult times. It is not peaceful in our regions. I am sure that our activities are aimed at achieving peace in these difficult conditions of the region. And in this regard, it is very important for Armenia that you are with us in these very difficult days for us. This refers to the closure of the Lachin Corridor. In our joint work, we have one goal to convey to you the information that is available, asking you to convey this reliable information to all our partners in other countries, because unfortunately, our neighboring country, having great opportunities to spread misinformation, is trying to mislead our partners by saying as if Armenia does not want to hold peace talks, as if Armenia is causing tension in the region. I am sure that your visit will be very useful in this regard.”

Expressing gratitude for the reception, Fogiel noted in his speech. “It is a great honor for us to be here. Certainly, we would all agree that parliamentary diplomacy is an essential part of real diplomacy. We are hopeful that our relations at both the parliamentary and executive levels will continue to deepen, taking a positive direction. We will work in different areas, our cooperation will develop in different areas, but the main emphasis will be on the issue of security both in this region and in Europe.”

During the meeting, a wide range of issues of Armenian-Polish cooperation were discussed. Reference was made to the active interaction of the stock exchanges of Armenia and Poland and the prospects of the latter’s expansion, as well as the possibilities of promoting Armenian-Polish trade and economic relations. During the conversation, Khachaturyan emphasized bilateral and active cooperation with Poland both bilaterally and within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. The President emphasized that Armenia is committed to the agreements reached with the European Union and is committed the principles of establishing democratic institutions and protecting democratic values. During the meeting, a number of regional realities were touched upon. The importance of establishing a stable and lasting peace in the South Caucasus, as well as the priority of humanitarian issues and the need for the normal operation of the Lachin humanitarian corridor were emphasized.

The visiting Polish delegation at the Armenian Genocide monument in Yerevan

Fogiel and his delegation visited the Armenian Genocide memorial on Sunday, April 2.

The delegation was accompanied by the Head of Armenia-Poland Friendship Group Arusyak Julhakyan, laid a wreath and flowers at the Eternal Fire honoring the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

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They also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, learn more about the documents about the massacre, viewed the exhibits.

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