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Vice-Speaker: Armenia reaffirms its support to India on the Jammu and  Kashmir issue

Vice-Speaker: Armenia reaffirms its support to India on the Jammu and  Kashmir issue

ArmInfo. RA NA Vice President, Head of the Armenia-India Friendship Group Hakob Arshakyan received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the  Republic of India to Armenia Kishan Dan Dewal.

As reported by the press service of the RA parliament, the members of  the Friendship Group Tsovinar Vardanyan, Taguhi Ghazaryan, Tigran  Abrahamyan and Narek Babayan were also present at the meeting.  The  NA Vice President has noted that the rich historical past of the  Armenian-Indian relations is the best basis for the expansion of  interstate ties. In this context, Hakob Arshakyan highlighted the  Ambassador's active participation and effective work.

"During the past 29 years, since the establishment of diplomatic  relations, Armenia and India succeeded in turning friendly ties with  deep historical roots into warm interstate and partnership  relations," Hakob Arshakyan underlined. Within the framework of the  inter- parliamentary cooperation, he particularly stressed the role  of the Friendship Group.

Speaking about the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, the NA Vice President  referred to the importance of the immediate return of the persons  held as captives in Azerbaijan and non-fulfillment of the provisions  of the November 9 trilateral statement by that state. The NA Vice  President has emphasized that in this respect our country appreciates  the balanced statements and the role of India in the international  arena. Hakob Arshakyan has stated that Armenia reaffirms its support  to India on the Jammu and Kashmir issue. He expressed hope that the  issue would be resolved peacefully.

According to the NA Vice President, Armenia mutually beneficially  cooperates with the friendly India in different spheres. As a  satisfactory fact, he stated that in 2019 compared to the same  period, the volumes of the export to India increased almost 20 times,  being 73,4 mln USD, and the trade turnover between the two countries  increased about 2,7%.

Touching upon the cooperation in various spheres, Hakob Arshakyan  singled out the activities of the Armenian-Indian Center for  Excellence in ICT.

The implementation of direct aviation flights between the two  countries was highlighted from the viewpoint of expanding the  cooperation in the fields of tourism and business development. They  have also referred to the student exchange programmes in the sphere  of education, in particular it has been noted that more than 3000  Indian students receive education in Armenia. The importance of the  North-South road corridor and its international significance was  underlined. An agreement was reached to work on the review and  expansion of the memorandum of the Cooperation between Armenia and  India in 2005.

The Ambassador has attached importance to the deepening of the  Armenian-Indian relations too and has noted that the Friendship Group  will be also formed in the Indian Parliament soon. He considered the  mutual visits of the Friendship Groups necessary in terms of  deepening the inter-parliamentary relations. Kishan Dan Dewal  highlighted the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through  peaceful negotiations and within the framework of the Co-Chairmanship  of the OSCE Minsk Group.

The members of the Friendship Group have also stated, that they are  ready to make efforts in order to carry out mutually beneficial  programmes.

New perspective directions of the bilateral cooperation were  discussed, the need of deepening the collaboration in different  spheres was underlined. They touched upon a number of other  programmes of student exchange in the field of education too. 


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