ArmInfo. The changes taking place in Armenia open a new stage in French-Armenian relations. French Ambassador to Armenia Jonathan Lacote stated this in Yerevan at the solemn celebration of Bastille Day, the National Holiday of France.
<I am glad to be in Armenia at this stage, when unprecedented changes are taking place in your country, when all the energy is directed towards building a better future. I am deeply convinced that the changes that have taken place in Armenia open a new stage in French-Armenian relations. And France wants to be at the same level with Armenia, and we are happy to establish new foundations for our relations at the inter-university level, in the educational sector, in the cultural field and in the economy, where we still have a lot to do, "the diplomat emphasized.
He also welcomed French companies that invest in Armenia, promote economic growth, create jobs and pay taxes in Armenia and thanked Armenian partners who promote the development of relations between the two countries. <The relations between France and Armenia are unique. They come from the heart. Be certain that we are touched by your love for France, our values, culture and language. Be rest assured that France will always stand by the side of the Armenian people and will protect you within the United Nations, the European Union and as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group," the diplomat concluded.
In turn, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Mher Grigoryan expressed gratitude for the position of France in all matters of importance to the Armenian side. "We highly appreciate the efforts of France as one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the decision of France to declare the Armenian Genocide on April 24," Grigoryan said, stressing the commitment to further deepen and expand the Armenian-French exclusive relations.
Bastille Day in Armenia was celebrated on a grand scale. The evening was opened by the string quartet of the Republican Guard, as well as soloist of the Choir of the French Army Jeremy Delver, who performed the anthems of France and Armenia.