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YEREVAN. – Deputy Prime Minister Hambardzum Matevosyan on Wednesday received Swedish Ambassador to Armenia Patrik Svensson, Armenian News-NEWS.am has learned from the deputy PM's office.

Matevosyan welcomed the positive dynamics in Armenian-Swedish relations, and lauded the Swedish government's interest in contributing to the reform agenda of Armenia and the support rendered during the 44-day (Nagorno-Karabakh) war in the fall of 2020.

Ambassador Svensson, for his part, stressed the importance of partnership with Armenia, and expressed the Swedish government's readiness to contribute to the development of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Armenia.

Also, the interlocutors stressed the need for the immediate return of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian hostages being held in Azerbaijan. And they agreed that the resumption of talks on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be carried out under the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

Reference was made also to the humanitarian issues arising from the aforesaid 44-day war, the Armenia-Turkey relations’ normalization process, as well as the efforts aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region.

While discussing the matters on the agenda of Armenian-Swedish cooperation, Deputy PM Hambardzum Matevosyan highlighted the presence of Swedish companies in Armenia’s economy, as well as the intensification of cooperation in judicial reform, fight against corruption, and human rights.

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