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 Ashot Safaryan
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is on a working visit to France, had a meeting with President Francois Hollande on 1 October, the press-service of the Armenian President told ArmInfo.
Sargsyan welcomed the Armenian-French interstate-relations based on the close historical ties have been constantly developing for the last twenty years due to high-level political dialogue, close parliamentary cooperation, cultural, education and scientific ties.
Touching upon the trade and economic relations, Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the cooperation in the field and outlined such the French companies operating in Armenia as Carrefour, Pernod Ricard, Orange, Credit Agricole, Alcatel, Veolia.
The president made a point of the assistant projects of the French Development Agency that have been launched in the current year. He touched upon the successfully developing decentralized cooperation - close partnerships with over 30 government structures of Armenia and France. In this light, the president of France welcomed the 3rd Congress of Decentralized Cooperation in Valance on 15-17 October.
The two presidents discussed also the Karabakh issues and came out for peaceful resolution of the conflict within OSCE Misnk Group.
Serzh Sargsyan noted that Armenia attaches special importance to the personal involvement of the French President in the process.
The parties spoke in detail about the prospects of Armenia-EU cooperation. They agreed that maximum efforts should be made to continue the process of reformation in Armenia. President Sargsyan reiterated Armenia's commitment to carry on. President Francois Hollande assured that France - as Armenia's friend and one of the leaders of the European Union and major international player - will continue to assist Armenia in moving forward her European agenda.
At the meeting, the President of Armenia once again expressed gratitude for France's significant contribution to the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
To ensure the continuation of the high-level political dialogue established between the two countries, Serzh Sargsyan reiterated the invitation extended to the President of France to conduct a state visit to the Republic of Armenia.