YEREVAN. – Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.
The Prime Minister welcomed his visit to Armenia and expressed hope that it will give momentum to further development and strengthening of relations with the Vatican. Pashinyan reiterated Armenia’s interest in expanding ties with the Vatican. He spoke about Armenian people’s warm attitude towards Pope Francis and the Holy See.
In this regard, the head of government pointed to the strong Armenian-Vatican spiritual and cultural historical ties and noted that they are a good basis for further cooperation.
Archbishop noted that the Holy See also highly appreciates the historical ties with Armenia and noted the Pope's warm feelings towards the Armenian people. The Secretary of Relations with the States added that Armenia is represented in the Vatican with its rich historical and spiritual heritage.
The interlocutors discussed further steps of strengthening and developing relations between Armenia and the Holy See, exchanging views on international developments, including developments in the Middle East, as well as issues of regional importance. The parties attached importance to the contribution of Armenia and the Holy See to the world peace.
Armenian PM and Archbishop Gallagher discussed the recent developments over the settlement of Karabakh conflict.