German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Armenia and met with several members of the leadership. During a press conference with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, she stated that Armenia and Germany have positive relations and they can be even better. She also positively spoke about the framework of the agreement to be signed between Armenia and the EU. She promised that Germany will have its input in making one agreement a reality.
Merkel said that she is also prepared to take on the responsibility of helping solve the Artsakh conflict within a peaceful framework. She spoke about that with the Armenian Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said she followed the political changes in Armenia, “the Velvet Revolution, as its referred to.” She also said that she is happy to be in Armenia, not just at the time of the hundredth anniversary celebrations of the first republic, but also at the time of great political changes in the country.
Prime Minister Pashinyan announced announced in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on August 24, 2018. “This is the first visit of the Chancellor of the GFR tot he Republic of Armenia and it can be assessed as a historical visit. This circumstance further emphasizes the recent changes in Armenia. I am glad for the very effective negotiations with the Chancellor that referred to the relations between Armenia and Germany and regional issues. Our positions on many issues of that agenda coincide which show that our relations have great potential for development. We hope that the level of our cooperation will significantly change. We discussed and reached an agreement that after this visit we will develop a joint agenda for different spheres and will work for their implementation”, Pashinyan said.
Angela Merkel noted that Germany is ready to deepen relations with Armenian.”During the last months we followed the process of the velvet revolution in your country. We talked not only about the development of bilateral relations, but also in the sidelines of the E.U. We would like to cooperate in the field of digitization. Cooperation in the sphere of education is also important. There are schools in Armenia where German language is taught”, the German Chancellor said.
Merkel expressed satisfaction over the signing of the Comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between Armenia and the E.U. “Germany will make its contribution to helping Armenia is the implementation of the agreement. We discussed domestic issues referring to anti-corruption struggle. I wish Armenia success in this issue”, Merkel said. Germany will do everything in its power to ensure that the process of giving Armenia visa liberalization in the European Union will go into effect as soon as possible, the Chancellor announced this during a press conference with PM Pashinyan.
After the Chancellor arrived in Yerevan, she headed to the Tsitsernakabert Genocide Memorial to pay her respects. She laid a wreath by the eternal fire and planted a symbolic tree in an adjacent park. Germany’s parliament recognized the massacres as genocide in a resolution overwhelmingly adopted in June 2016. It also acknowledged that Germany, then a military ally of Ottoman Turkey, did nothing to stop the killings. The resolution was drafted by lawmakers representing the main parliamentary factions, including Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.