ArmInfo. The purpose of the visit of Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak to Yerevan is to establish a qualitatively new level of Armenian-Slovak relations.
This is stated in a message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia on the state of Armenian- Slovak relations on the eve of Lajcak's visit to Yerevan.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry stated that Armenia and Slovakia traditionally maintain partnerships, and Slovakia is one of the most important partners of Armenia in Europe.
"Armenia is interested in deepening and expanding cooperation with Slovakia in the political, trade, economic, cultural and in all those sectors that are of mutual interest, both in bilateral and multilateral formats," the Armenian Foreign Ministry noted, recalling that the diplomatic relations between two countries were established in January 1993, and in 2019 Slovakia decided to establish an embassy in the Republic of Armenia. The embassy will officially open during the upcoming visit of Lajcak to Yerevan.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry also noted that in December 2019, the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia was opened in Slovakia.
The ministry also noted that Slovakia on June 4, 2019 ratified the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership (CEPA) Agreement, which is a new legal basis in relations with the European Union and member countries.
"Slovakia in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict supports the position of the European Union, namely the settlement of the conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Slovakia in 2019 amounted to $ 8 873.3 thousand. Export of Armenian goods to Slovakia amounted to - $398.8 thousand, import - $ 8474.5 thousand. In 2019, 1,684 tourists from Slovakia visited Armenia, "the RA MFA noted, pointing to close inter-parliamentary relations, the presence of decentralized interaction, and close interaction on international platforms.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry also informed that Slovakia in 2004 adopted a resolution on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, in addition, it was a co-author of resolutions on the prevention of genocides in the UN Human Rights Council from 2013, 2015 and 2018.