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Armenian FM meets with counterparts from Liechtenstein, Switzerland  and Malta

Armenian FM meets with counterparts from Liechtenstein, Switzerland  and Malta

ArmInfo. On the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Armenian FM Ararat Mirzoyan held a  meeting with Mr Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta. 

The sides discussed the topics on the agenda of the political dialogue between Armenia and Malta. The department recalled that in March the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the  Republic of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan to Malta took place and the  fruitful discussions that followed at multilateral platforms took  place.

Touching on issues related to the activities of the OSCE, Mirzoyan  wished Borg success in his post as OSCE Chairman, given the serious  challenges facing the organization in matters of regional security.

During the meeting, an exchange of views on the latest events in the  South Caucasus also took place.  Referring to the discussions held in  September at the UN Security Council, Mirzoyan emphasized that the  catastrophe is the actual ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh, which  occurred despite the targeted calls of international partners. The RA  Foreign Minister presented the RA's efforts aimed at overcoming  challenges in the region, including work on a draft agreement on  regulating relations with Azerbaijan, by transmitting RA's proposals  to Azerbaijan last week.

On November 30, on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council,  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting  with Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign  Affairs of the Swiss Confederation.

As a continuation of the meeting held in New York in September, the  Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Switzerland discussed issues on the  security situation in the South Caucasus.

Minister Mirzoyan emphasized that the practice of resorting to force  and continuous violations of international law create an environment  of impunity, which does not eliminate the probability of new similar  challenges both in the South Caucasus and in other regions. Ararat  Mirzoyan stressed the imperative to see Azerbaijan's rejection of  such practices and the importance of strong international support for  efforts towards achieving peace in the South Caucasus.

Minister Mirzoyan also briefed his counterpart on the steps  undertaken by the Government of Armenia in order to properly address  the needs and rights of the more than 100,000 Armenian population  forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh.

Touching upon bilateral cooperation, Ararat Mirzoyan appreciated the  effective cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and  Cooperation and the support for the implementation of various  programs in Armenia.

On November 30, on the sidelines of the 30th OSCE Ministerial  Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a  meeting with Dominique Hasler, the Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Education and Sport of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

The interlocutors emphasized the readiness for further development of  the political dialogue between the two countries based on common  values. The mutual willingness to organize high-level visits in order  to enrich the bilateral agenda with new directions was highlighted.

Issues of cooperation on multilateral platforms were discussed,  particularly taking into account Liechtenstein's presidency and  priorities in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Liechtenstein also touched upon  the regional challenges. Minister Mirzoyan presented the principles  reflected in the Granada Quadrilateral Statement and emphasized the  importance of support to those principles by international partners  interested in the stability of the region, as well as the importance  of genuine efforts towards contributing to the normalization of  relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Ararat Mirzoyan presented the steps taken in order to address the  needs and rights of more than 100,000 Armenians forcibly displaced as  a result of the ethnic cleansing of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan.  

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