ArmInfo. The delegation headed by RA NA Speaker Alen Simonyan, who is in Austria on an official visit, was received by Christine Schwarz-Fuchs, President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria.
According to the press service of the legislative body of Armenia, in a conversation with his coumterpart, the NA speaker noted that in recent years, positive dynamics in the development of bilateral relations has been observed on the political platform between Armenia and Austria. There were active mutual visits, meetings at the level of presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers. He added that it is necessary to establish cooperation between the Armenian parliament and the upper house of the Austrian parliament, since parliamentary diplomacy plays a significant role in the bilateral Armenian-Austrian agenda both at the federal and decentralized levels.
Alen Simonyan reaffirmed Armenia's commitment, together with its European partners, to expand and deepen the process of institutional reforms aimed at further strengthening democracy, human rights and the rule of law. In this sense, according to the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, the entry into force of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement is a turning point that will open up new prospects for deepening Armenia-EU cooperation.
During the conversation, issues related to the liberalization of the Armenia-EU visa regime, the opening of the Austrian embassy in Armenia, the opening of Austrian visa services in Yerevan were discussed.
Touching upon the 44-day war and the many problems caused by it, Alen Simonyan once again welcomed the efforts of Austria aimed at strengthening peace and stability in the region, creating an atmosphere of mutual trust, and developing regional cooperation.
The parties also touched upon the importance of the centuries-old Armenian community in Austria, which is a reliable bridge between the two countries. Christine Schwartz-Fuchs proudly noted the great contribution of Armenians to the cultural, economic and political life of their country.
At the end of the meeting, the President of the Federation Council of the Republic of Austria noted the importance of the visit of the head of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, noting that it will provide new opportunities for expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation between Armenia and Austria. "We are interested in a favorable situation for people living in Nagorno-Karabakh. In this sense, you can consider Austria as a reliable partner>, said Christine Schwarz-Fuchs, President of the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria.