President Serzh Sargsyan Received The Minister Of Foreign Affairs Of

March 19 2010

Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Slovakia. Miroslav Lajcak and his delegation are in Yerevan
on an official visit.

Welcoming Minister Lajcak, President Sargsyan expressed satisfaction
with the high level of the Armenian-Slovak bilateral relations and
noted that Armenia was interested in deepening relations with that
country. Serzh Sargsyan said that the two countries have no problems
which means that there is an excellent base for the development
of cooperation.

The President of Armenia expressed gratitude to the Slovak Parliament
for the adoption in 2004 of the resolution on the recognition of the
Armenian Genocide.

President Sargsyan expressed hope that the visit of the Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Slovakia would strengthen relations between the
two countries. The President of Armenia extended an invitation to
the President of Slovakia to visit Armenia.

In his turn, Miroslav Lajcak said that albeit much has been
accomplished on a political level, there are still many opportunities
for deepening cooperation and utilizing the existing potential,
particularly in the areas of trade and economy. Noting, that on his
visit to Armenia he is accompanied by a group of Slovak businessmen,
Minister Lajcak expressed hope, that the Armenian-Slovak Business
Forum would create new opportunities for the opening up of the business
relations between the entrepreneurs of our countries.

The President of Armenia and the Foreign Minister of Slovakia discussed
issues pertinent to the enhancement of the relations in political,
economic, and cultural areas, stressing at the same time the importance
of expanding the legal basis of relations. They also exchanged views on
the Armenia-EU cooperation and steps to be taken on that direction. The
parties concurred that the EU Eastern Partnership program provides
new opportunities for the enhancement of the Armenian-Slovak relations
on bilateral as well as multilateral levels.

Miroslav Lajcak informed the President of Armenia that he had handed to
his Armenian counterpart a number of proposals on bilateral cooperation
in the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

At the request of the Slovak Minister, the President of Armenia spoke
about the recent developments in the NK peace process, presented
Yerevan’s official position on that issue and reflected on a number
of regional and international issues of mutual interest. At the same
time, President Sargsyan hailed Slovakia’s balanced position regarding
our regional issues.

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