On Friday, 15 December, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, met at the Saeima with Eduard Sharamazanov, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. Lībiņa-Egnere noted that 2017 is a symbolic year in the Latvian-Armenian cooperation as it marks the 25th anniversary since diplomatic relations were established between the two countries. “This is a good time to look back on what has been achieved so far and energise our parliamentary cooperation. It plays a special role in the context of strengthening political dialogue and sharing experiences,” Deputy Speaker Lībiņa-Egnere told her Armenian counterpart.
Andrejs Klementjevs, Secretary of the Saeima, also participated in the meeting of the two Deputy Speakers.
Lībiņa-Egnere and Sharamazanov discussed the role parliamentary contacts play in promoting closer cooperation in other areas. The Deputy Speaker of the Armenian parliament thanked the Latvian representatives for their efforts in strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries and invited them to visit Armenia.
The Latvian side praised the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Armenia, signed on 24 November. Deputy Speaker Sharamazanov emphasised that the Agreement attests to Armenia’s loyalty to the values of democracy and human rights, and reflects the institutional reforms carried out so far.
Lībiņa-Egnere and Klementjevs spoke with Sharamazanov about current domestic events in both countries, as well as developments in the region. As regards the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Latvian side emphasised their support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict based on international law. The Minsk Group is the only format for seeking a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Latvian side stated.
Deputy Speaker Sharamazanov is accompanied on his visit by two MP of the Armenian parliament: Samvel Farmanyan and Suren Manukyan.
During their visit to the Saeima, the Armenian delegation also met with Lolita Čigāne, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Saeima, and members of the Committee, as well as Sergejs Potapkins, Chair of the Saeima Group for Interparliamentary Relations with Armenia, and the members of the Group.
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