Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union Catherine Ashton met Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, in Brussels on Tuesday as part of their regular contacts.
As press-service of Armenia's Foreign Ministry reported, they discussed bilateral relationship between the European Union and Armenia as well as the preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius at the end of November, says the statement issued by the EU.
"The High Representative stressed that the European Union remains committed to deepening relations with Armenia in all areas that are compatible with Armenia's recently announced new commitments to the Customs Union. She was pleased to hear from the Minister that Armenia remains determined to further the relations with the EU and that it will continue with reform efforts," the statement reads.
For his part, Nalbandian emphasized that Armenia wants to continue the relations with the EU in all possible directions grounding on the joint achievements and progress between the parties for the last years.
He also added that when building the relations with the EU, including within the frames of "Eastern Partnership", Armenia is striving to have close, deep and comprehensive relations. "Supported by the EU, Armenia has passed a very important way of reforms, and we are going to continue this way directed at enhancing of democracy, superiority of law and human rights. We expect further support of the European Union in this process", - Nalbandian said.
Over the meeting they also touched on the Armenia-EU bilateral relations, as well as the preparation to the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Vilnius in November of the current year.