August 11
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Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who is in Riga on an official visit, today had a meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of Latvia Inara Mūrniece.

Highlighting the special role of parliamentary diplomacy, Armenia’s foreign minister and the Speaker of the Latvian Saeima expressed satisfaction with the active cooperation and reciprocal visits at the level of the parliaments and attached importance to the regular dialogue at different levels.

Mnatsakanyan and Mūrniece exchanged views on the prospects for advancement of cooperation in different sectors and attached importance to full realization of the potential for development of trade and economic relations and cooperation in the areas of culture, education, high technologies, electronic governance and innovation.

Armenia’s foreign minister touched upon the Armenian government’s reforms agenda and set aside the judicial and legal reforms as a key priority.

In the context of EU-Armenia cooperation, Minister Mnatsakanyan underscored the importance of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement as a new legal basis in the context of the growing mutual cooperation with the EU and EU member states.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the two countries’ stances on and approaches to global and regional issues. Minister Mnatsakanyan presented Armenia’s fundamental position on and approaches to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Minister Mnatsakanyan yesterday had a meeting with Head of the Latvia-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Vice-President of the Saeima Marija Golubeva and some members of the Group. Mnatsakanyan and Golubeva positively assessed the potential for cooperation between Latvia and Armenia in the parliamentary format and touched upon the Armenian community of Latvia, which plays a major role in the public and political life of Latvia.

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