The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on Tuesday met in Brussels with the visiting Armenian prime minister,. Nikol Pashinyan.
"Your government's focus on values and values-based reforms is deeply appreciated in Europe. I admire your resolve to bring about democratic reforms and economic development, which will benefit all Armenians.The EU will continue to support Armenia's journey towards becoming a consolidated democracy and creating a better economic future for its citizens", Tusk told the visiting prime minister.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Donald Tusk said that he had also discussed with Pashinyan the Karabakh conflict.
"Today, we also discussed the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As you know, the EU fully supports the Minsk Group Co-Chairs and their proposals. I am encouraged by the recent contacts between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, and welcome the current decrease in tension. The EU continues to believe that the status quo is unsustainable; the conflict does not have a military solution and needs an early political settlement in accordance with international law. Preparing the respective populations for peace is an important step towards settlement, which we are ready to support."
Pashinyan was also expected to meet with European Commission President, Juncker and Foreign Policy High Representative Morgherini.
photo: Nikol Pashinyan and Donald Tusk in brussels on 5 March 2019 (picture courtesy of the press service of the government of Armenia)
The website of the Armenian government said that Nikol Pashinyan and Mamuka Bakhtadze "emphasised the importance of Armenian-Georgian relations in all spheres and expressed confidence that further active cooperation will promote the development and expansion of cooperation between the two neighbouring and friendly states in a number of directions".
Addressing the Council meeting in Geneva, ahead of the vote on Friday (22 March), Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Lasha Darsalia, said that the recent death of Irakli Kvaratskhelia whilst in detention in Abkhazia highlighted the urgency of the matter.