ArmInfo. On June 30, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan Natalia Voutova, who is completing her mission in the country.
According to the press service of the Government of Armenia, during the meeting, the Prime Minister praised the cooperation with Natalia Voutova and the Council of Europe, noting that the Council of Europe is one of the most important partners of Armenia in the consistent development and strengthening of democracy. , Nikol Pashinyan said.
Natalia Voutova considered it an honor to work as head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia, stressing that the CE attaches great importance to cooperation with Armenia. According to her, the Council of Europe is strong when its member states are strong, and the Council of Europe is ready to continue to support Armenia in strengthening democracy, the rule of law and protecting human rights.
The interlocutors touched upon the democratic agenda of Armenia. The Prime Minister emphasized that the continuous implementation of reforms and the strengthening of institutions are the priorities of the Armenian government. They are aimed at guaranteeing the free expression of the will of the citizens of Armenia, the independence of the judiciary, ensuring transparency in governance, guaranteeing freedom of speech, and the government will consistently move forward in implementing this agenda. The head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia noted that long-term, strong democracy is based on strong, transparent, reliable institutions, and government steps in this direction are welcome.
The meeting touched on judicial reforms. In this regard Nikol Pashinyan noted that the reform is aimed at restoring public confidence in the judiciary. In turn, Natalia Voutova stated that the Council of Europe will continue to provide advisory assistance to the Armenian government in this process. The Prime Minister and the Head of the Council of Europe office in Armenia exchanged views about the velvet, non-violent revolution and the realization of its values.
Sharing her impressions, Natalia Voutova noted that she was glad to be in Armenia during the days of the revolution, to feel the atmosphere of solidarity and to be part of those historical events for Armenia and the Armenian people.
Expressing gratitude for the kind words, Nikol Pashinyan noted that the velvet non-violent revolution of 2018 was a process of historical transformation and change of values for Armenia and the Armenian people, and it continues to this day. The Prime Minister emphasized that the government will continue the mission to achieve the goals of the revolution and meet the expectations of the citizens of Armenia. "This is not an easy path, but there is no other way to build a free and developed Armenia," Nikol Pashinyan concluded.