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Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Sovereign Armenia party leader David Sanasaryan as part of consultations with a number of political forces.

Nikol Pashinyan - Dear Mr. Sanasaryan, I am glad to see you. I initiated our meeting to hear your views on the further course of political life in Armenia. You are a newly formed political party and I would like to hear your views on the steps to take so that the government and the extra-parliamentary opposition could come closer to each other and work together.

The concept of extra-parliamentary opposition is quite a broad one: some forces adhere to ideas and principles that are diametrically opposite to each other. This is another problem. Nevertheless, I believe that given the challenges facing our country, we should at least try to find ways of getting some synergy, extra energy even by combining mutually exclusive, incompatible approaches. So I would be grateful if you could express your views on these issues. Thank you.

Davit Sanasaryan - Thank you, Mr. Pashinyan, as you mentioned, Sovereign Armenia is a newly established party, it has been a month since it was registered. Our party brings together individuals who participated in the April and 44-Day wars, people who went through the hardships of political struggle. We consider ourselves the bearers of the values proclaimed by the 2018 revolution and we will do our best to make reality what you and I promised during the revolution.

We have criticized you on various issues, from incomplete pledges to the fact that the former authorities that oppressed and robbed the people are not in penitentiaries; moreover, they are bidding for power again. We do hope that these meetings will help us shape a new culture. We will definitely present our approaches, programs and the proposed solutions.

During the electoral campaign, we asked the people not to applaud those who preached hatred, those who used to draw social divides. We said that we have no enemies in Armenia. As you mentioned, we have numerous problems to solve. There are opposition forces with which we cannot imagine any step, but there are issues that we must sit down and understand together, because this is our state, no one will solve our problems for us. We must do everything we can to get out of this situation on our own.

The interlocutors discussed ways of mobilizing potentialities and opportunities nationwide, as well as the prospects for further cooperation.

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