Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian started his diplomatic work for 2014 with an official visit to Peru, the first by an Armenian Foreign Minister to this Latin American country.
Speaking at the Peruvian Foreign Ministery in Lima, Nalbandian announced that he will be meeting his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov in Paris in the second half of January. The meeting will take place in the framework of the work of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair. The two Ministers last met in December in Kiev on the margins of the OSCE Ministerial Conference. Mammadyarov and Nalbandian are trying to push forward with discussions aimed at resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The two Ministers were asked to work on the issues after the meeting of the Presidents of the two countries in Vienna in November 2013.
In Peru Minister Nalbandian was received by the country's Foreign Minister Eda Rivas.
Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Peru were established on 9 September 1992. The Peruvian Foreign Minister described the visit of Nalbandian as an important boost to bilateral relations. Peru wants to develop its relations with the South Caucasus according to Ministry sources.
source: commonspace.eu with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
photo: Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian with peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas in Lima on 6 January 2014. (picture courtesy of the Peruvian Foreign Ministry.)
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