The forthcoming Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, the Karabakh conflict and Armenian-French relations, were on the menu when prime minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia lunched with French president Emanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Friday (14 September).
Welcoming the Armenian leader, Emmanuel Macron highlighted said the visit will give new impetus to the future development of friendly relations between the two countries. The French President emphasized that his country is ready to continue with efforts aimed at expanding the close cooperation with Armenia in various spheres. Noting that in just a month he will pay an official visit to Armenia, Emmanuel Macron expressed confidence that the Francophonie Summit in Yerevan in October will be held at a high level.
On his part Nikol Pashinyan hailed the privileged relations" between Armenia and France. "Armenian-French privileged relations are in safe hands and will continue to expand and deepen for the benefit of both countries", stated the Armenian premier
The Armenian prime minister said that the holding of the Francophonie Summit in Armenia is one of the most important events to be held in the country since independence. He reaffirmed the complete commitment of the Armenian authorities to ensure the success of the summit, and expressed confidence that it will foster the reputation of the organization. Nikol Pashinyan also highlighted the holding of the economic forum on the sidelines of the summit on 10 October.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyamn met French president Emanuel Macrion at the Elysee palace, on Friday 14 September 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Armenia.
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