A delegation led by the Armenian National Assembly (NA) speaker, Alen Simonyan, is on a three-day working visit to the United Kingdom (UK). As part of this trip, the delegation was received Wednesday by the Speaker of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
The speaker of the Armenian NA noted that Armenia is interested putting the multilateral relations with the UK on stable bases and developing them and expects the same from the UK, the NA informs Armenian News-NEWS.am.
It was noted at the meeting that over three decades, Armenia and the UK have formed an ambitious agenda for bilateral relations based on shared values and principles. The parties discussed matters related to the strengthening of human democratic institutions.
The speaker of the Armenian NA expressed a conviction that the Armenia-UK Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement will be agreed upon soon and it will be signed as soon as possible.
Simonyan pointed to the special debates held in the UK Parliament on January 24 regarding the closing of the Lachin corridor by Azerbaijan.
The colleagues discussed the current situation in the South Caucasus; in particular, a conversation was held about many, including humanitarian, problems caused by the Azerbaijani military aggression against the Armenians of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In this connection, the speaker of the Armenian NA emphasized the importance of constructive engagement by the UK endowed with an international security mandate and taking effective steps in this regard, stressing the imperative of sending an international mission to Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin corridor, and ensuring the unhindered access of international humanitarian organizations. Also, he mentioned the humanitarian assistance provided by the UK government to the victims of the illegal blockade of the Lachine corridor.
Simonyan positively assessed the considerable increase in the level of awareness observed in the UK Parliament over the past two years, expressing gratitude for the position of the UK Parliament regarding the blocking of the Lachine Corridor.
At the end of the meeting, the NA speaker invited his British counterpart to Armenia.