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Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Alen Simonyan and Chair of the Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs of the National Assembly Vladimir Vardanyan today met with Europe Regional Director of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Birgitte Ebbesen on the sidelines of the international conference entitled “Universal Inclusion of Healthcare Services and the Prospects for Sustainable Development” in Saint Petersburg.

As reported the National Assembly of Armenia, the post-war humanitarian crisis in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and the organization’s role in the solution to the crisis were discussed during the meeting. Ebbesen expressed satisfaction with the legislation on the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Armenia and informed that a similar model law is being developed in the CIS.

The interlocutors discussed the role of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for capacity-building of the Armenian Red Cross Society. Simonyan attached importance to direct representation of international organizations in Artsakh. The upcoming visit of the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to Armenia was touched upon, and the Armenian parliamentary speaker expressed willingness to receive the Secretary General and discuss the priorities on the agenda.

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