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YEREVAN. - Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan received today Secretary General of Socialist International (SI) Luis Ayala. Ayala has arrived in Armenia upon the invitation of Armenian ARF Dashnaktsutyun faction to take part in the meeting of the SI Committee for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea. Issues concerning democracy and conflicts in the region were also among the topics discussed at the meeting.

Sargsyan welcomed the guest and praised the SI operation, which unites the socialist and social-democratic forces. The values of freedom, justice and harmony have always been important to the Armenian people, Sargsyan said.

Ayala stressed that the cooperation with Armenia through ARF-D strengthens year by year. He noted that SI supported ARF-D’s stand on constitutional reforms in light of the importance of the work on enhancing democracy.

The interlocutors discussed threats to the peace and stability in the region, also touching on the negotiation process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, relations between Armenia and Turkey, as well as the process of international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.  

Sargsyan thanked SI for its constructive approach on different international platforms with regard to questions important to Armenia. 

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