ArmInfo. At a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried, RA Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan spoke about the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the activities of the delimitation and border security commission, as well as the current processes on the issue of unblocking economic ties and transport communications in the region.
According to the RA MFA press service, Mirzoyan touched upon these issues during the discussion of topics related to regional security and stability.
Touching upon the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Armenian Foreign Minister stressed the need for a complete resumption of peace talks aimed at a comprehensive and long-term settlement of the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. In this context, he pointed out the important role of the United States as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia also spoke about the humanitarian issues that arose as a result of Azerbaijan's aggression against Artsakh in 2020. In particular, issues related to the immediate release and repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held in Azerbaijan, and the preservation of the Armenian cultural and religious heritage in the territories that came under the control of Azerbaijan as a result of the war.
Mirzoyan also touched upon the process of normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey. The necessity of taking concrete steps towards a settlement was stressed. The interlocutors touched upon the Armenia-US bilateral relations based on the common values of democracy, human rights protection and the rule of law, as well as the prospects for expanding cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Noting the positive dynamics of mutual visits and contacts at the official level, the RA Foreign Minister noted with satisfaction the meeting held in May this year, the visit of the Armenian delegation to the United States and within the framework of the meeting, as well as the resumption of work within the framework of the Armenian-American strategic dialogue.