YEREVAN. – Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s Latin American tour kicked off with a visit to Mexico on Monday.
In Mexico City, Nalbandian met with his Mexican colleague, Patricia Espinosa, Armenian MFA press service informs.
Espinosa noted that her country sees Armenia as a friendly country and wishes to expand interaction. In his turn, Armenia’s FM expressed a conviction that his visit will assist in deepening cooperation. The interlocutors reaffirmed their readiness to take steps toward increasing cooperation and, in this connection, they made arrangement on expanding the bilateral legal and contractual domain. They shared the view that the opening of Armenia’s Embassy in Mexico will greatly contribute to strengthening ties. Also, Nalbandian and Espinosa exchanged views on economic cooperation and cultural exchange.
Armenia’s FM expressed bewilderment over the fact that the previous Mexican parliament had adopted resolutions that misrepresents the reality concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He stressed that these resolutions are flagrantly contrary to the international community’s stance, they harm the conflict settlement process and the regional security, and adversely affect Armenian-Mexican relations.
Edward Nalbandian also stressed that he shares the Mexican human rights advocates’ view that the erecting of a “Khojaly” monument in Mexico City is an insult to the memory of genocide victims, and that he agrees with the world reaction against the placing of the former Azerbaijani president’s statue in the Mexican capital city. In her turn, Patricia Espinosa noted that all this received a negative reaction by the Mexican public.
Nalbandian briefed his Mexican counterpart on the Karabakh peace process, and the Mexican FM reaffirmed her government’s full support to the conflict’s solely peaceful resolution and on the basis of the proposals offered by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.
Expanding interaction within international organizations likewise was in the agenda of Nalbandian’s and Espinosa’s talk.
Subsequently, Edward Nalbandian and Patricia Espinosa signed a memorandum on holding political consultations between the Armenian and Mexican MFAs.
On the same day, Nalbandian also met with members of the Mexican Senate and noted that, even though this year marks the twentieth anniversary of diplomatic ties between both countries, not everything is carried out to develop relations. During their discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the senators stressed that negotiations are the only way to resolve this matter.
Separately, Edward Nalbandian delivered a lecture, on Armenia’s foreign policy, at the Institute “Matias Romero” of Diplomatic Studies (Diplomatic Academy of Mexico), and gave a news conference.