Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Tuesday arrived in Yerevan on the final stage of his short visit to the South Caucasus. Gentiloni met with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, and was later expected to meet with President Serzh Sargsyan.
Nalbandian and Gentiloni discussed issues related to the Karabakh conflict, the new Armenian-EU framework agreement, as well as various bilateral and international issues.
Gentiloni is the first Italian Foreign Minister to visit the region since the three countries of the South Caucasus regained their indpedence in 1991. The visit comes as Italy is about to take on several new responsabilities within international organisations, including as member of the UN Security Council, the Chairmanship of the G7 and in 2018, the Presidency of the OSCE
photo: The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Italy at their meeting in Yerevan on 8 November 2016 (picture courtesy of the press service of the Republic of Armenia).
Street protests continued in Yerevan on Thursday (19 April), and over one hundred persons were detained by police. Protestors are angry at the appointment of Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister at the end of his ten year stint as the country's president