Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan paid a working visit to France, Friday September 14, and met with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. After the welcoming ceremony, handshake and protocol photo session, the leaders of the two countries held negotiations in the frame of a working lunch.
Welcoming Armenia’s Prime Minister to the Elysee Palace, Emmanuel Macron noted the importance of Nikol Pashinya’s visit and sincerely expressed confidence that they would continue to develop in all areas of mutual interest: political intercourse, inter-parliamentary cooperation, decentralized contacts, economic exchanges, culture, education, research, healthcare, and other spheres, including the legal-contractual field.
The Premier stressed the importance of the Francophone Summit due this fall in Armenia, adding that it is among the most important events held in Yerevan, since independence. The Head of Government reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to ensure the Summit’s success.
With reference to the Karabakh issue, the parties stressed the need for achieving a peaceful settlement in the OSCE Minks Group format. In this context, Nikol Pashinyan hailed the efforts made by the Co-Chairs, including France, with a view to securing peace and stability in the region. The Prime Minister underscored that Armenian remains committed to continued negotiations in a bid to reach a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Emmanuel Macron and Nikol Pashinyan agreed to discuss the Armenian-French cooperation agenda in more detail during the French President’s forthcoming State visit to Armenia.