Italy Will Support Armenia and Be Friendly, President Mattarella States

The relations between Armenia and Italy are on a high level and there is readiness to further deepen bilateral cooperation in various spheres, President of Italy Sergio Mattarella, who is in Armenia on a state visit, said in a briefing, on July 30th.

“I am grateful for the very warm reception. I am happy for these visits that take place in a period when Armenia marks the 100th anniversary of the first Republic of Armenia and the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan. The links between our peoples date back to ancient times and are based on trust. My visit is a good opportunity to further develop the bilateral relations and deepen friendship,” Armenpress reports the Italian President as saying.

He mentioned that Italy will support the peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “We will do everything so as the peaceful negotiations resume and will try to find ways for a political settlement but not a military one, which will be lasting, only through the OSCE Minsk Group and based on all the principles of the international law”, Sergio Mattarella said.

The Italian President noted that Armenia and Italy successfully cooperate in a number of directions, particularly, the servicemen of and Italy work together in Lebanon. There is active cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy, culture, and science, but, according to the Italian President, there is potential to further develop them. “I am glad to note that tomorrow the opening ceremony of Armenian-Italian heritage protection center will take place. It will foster the strengthening of cultural relations and will be a support to Armenia for preserving historical heritage,” the Italian President said.

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