On 5 March, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk met with the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. Following the meeting, Tusk published his remarks:
“I would first of all like to thank you for paying a visit soon after your impressive victory in last December's elections and shortly after your new government was sworn in,” Tusk said.
“Your government's focus on values and values-based reforms is deeply appreciated in Europe,” said Tusk. “I admire your resolve to bring about democratic reforms and economic development, which will benefit all Armenians.”
He confirmed that the EU will continue to support Armenia's journey “towards becoming a consolidated democracy and creating a better economic future for its citizens”.
“We are determined to make the promise of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement a reality, with real benefits for both Armenia and the EU,” he added. “The vast bulk of the agreement is already provisionally applied and has a real impact. The EU is Armenia's biggest export partner with over 28% of Armenian exports.”
During the meeting, Tusk and Pashinyan also discussed the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “As you know, the EU fully supports the Minsk Group Co-Chairs and their proposals,” Tusk highlighted. “I am encouraged by the recent contacts between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and welcome the current decrease in tension.”
Tusk stressed that the EU continues to believe that the status quo is unsustainable, that the conflict does not have a military solution and needs an early political settlement in accordance with international law. He also thanked the Armenian Prime Minister for the valuable contribution the country makes to the Eastern Partnership, which celebrated 10 years in May this year.
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