On 10 July, the President of European Council, Donald Tusk, met with Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan.
“This is my first visit to Yerevan since Armenia's peaceful revolution,” Tusk started his remarks after the meeting. “I’m glad to be here now when positive dynamics in Armenia have created new opportunities for our cooperation. My visit is proof of the importance that the EU attaches to our relations with Armenia and the region.”
The European Council President added that during the meeting with Prime Minister Pashinyan, they discussed the implementation of a joint Partnership Agreement, which supports Armenia's modernisation. He added that the EU will continue providing technical and financial assistance for its implementation.
“The Prime Minister and I also agreed on the importance of the rule of law, fight against corruption and respect for human rights,” Tusk continued, adding that in recognition of the Armenian government's reform efforts, the EU has almost doubled its support to the country in 2019. “These funds will help to implement priority projects, including infrastructure and environment,” he said.
Later in the day, Tusk visited Lake Sevan, where the EU will support water management, as agreed during the recent visit of Pashinyan in Brussels.
Commenting on their discussion of the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Tusk underlined that “the EU has been encouraged by the dynamics over the past year and the commitment to preparing the people for peace and a focus on humanitarian issues”.
“But we also share the Minsk Group Co-Chairs' concern about recent casualties along the Line of Contact as well as escalatory rhetoric,” he added. “Both sides should show restraint and take measures to restore an atmosphere conducive to peace and real talks.”
In conclusion, President Tusk assured his Armenian counterpart that “the EU will continue to work closely with Armenia to the benefit of all Armenians”.
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