ArmInfo. Greece will soon ratify the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Armenia and the European Union. This was announced on November 5 at a meeting of the delegations of Armenia and Greece, headed by the presidents of the two countries - Armen Sarkissian and Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
According to the RA President's press service, welcoming the visit of the Greek President and his delegation to Armenia, President Armen Sarkissian referred to the previously discussed issues in a narrow format. "I was pleased to hear that Greece will ratify the Armenia-EU CEPA on in the near future. We agreed that our bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, scientific and other fields is very important," Armen Sarkissian said, also pointing out the importance of using the Armenia-Greece-Cyprus platform. "In addition, we can consider Greece as a gateway to the European Union, and vice versa, Greece can consider Armenia as a gateway to the Eurasian Union," Armen Sarkissian said. He praised the potential between the two states, the implementation of which will bring bilateral relations to a new level in all fields.
Noting that both nations have a historically established Diaspora, the presidents of Armenia and Greece emphasized the importance of cooperation in the Diaspora format. ''Being small states, both countries have huge diasporas, and their cooperation in promoting common national interests will be crucial in various parts of the world. I completely agree with Mr. President that we should do everything possible to deepen and plan cooperation between the Armenian and Greek diasporas in various fields'', President Sarkissian said.
The President of Greece stressed that he was ready to contribute to deepening and strengthening bilateral relations. "Our two peoples and countries have historically been obliged to cooperate, and we must deepen this partnership in all areas," he said. The presidents also considered important closer cooperation between the governments of the two countries and parliaments, expressing their readiness to support their efforts as much as possible. They also touched on issues of cooperation within the framework of international organizations.
Noting that the parliamentary administration system is new in Armenia, President Sarkissian suggested discussing the possibility of implementing cooperation programs between the presidential structures of the two countries, in particular, the exchange of experience between the presidential administrations, taking into account the rich experience and traditions of the Greek parliamentary administration. The President of Greece responded positively to this proposal.