Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan says maintains close contact with ex-FM Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

 17:01, 5 June 2023

YEREVAN, JUNE 5, ARMENPRESS. Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan has said that he maintains close contact with ex-foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan.

Member of Parliament Garnik Danielyan from the Hayastan faction asked Mirzoyan whether or not he sought advice from his predecessors over the negotiations process with Azerbaijan.

“The state [belongs] to us all. And I think that ministers taking office ought to study their predecessor’s experience in case of opportunity. No one is perfect, you might get some advice or nuances that could be to the benefit of the country,” the lawmaker told the foreign minister during parliamentary joint committee debates of the 2022 budget report.

“From former foreign ministers I maintain rather close contact, for example, with Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. The ministers who served before him are regularly publishing articles so I get to know their approaches from the press anyway. Unfortunately, I find their positions to be far from being an appropriate perception or offers constituting appropriate solutions, therefore there isn’t much to talk about. In case of someone else I can recall that he abandoned the position entrusted to him at the most difficult time full of challenges for our country. I don’t understand what’s there to discuss,” Mirzoyan said, adding that he also discusses matters concerning Armenian interests with experts.