Foreign visits
President Serzh Sarkissian conductes a working visit to the Saint Petersburg

05.06.2008 - 07.06.2008

On June 6, President Serzh Sarkissian participated at the unofficial summit of the CIS Heads of State in Saint Petersburg.

At the meeting discussed were issues pertaining to the deepening of economic and humanitarian cooperation in the framework of CIS. Participants of the summit stressed the importance of contacts between businessmen and representatives of intelligentsia, as well as the enhancement of ties in the scientific and educational spheres.

President of Armenia Serzh Sarkissian met in Saint Petersburg with the President of the Russian Federation Dmitrii Medvedev.

This is the first meeting of the two Presidents in their new capacity. Presidents Sarkissian and Medvedev reiterated intention of the two countries to deepen partnership and cooperation.

At the meeting the two sides expressed satisfaction with the current high level of the political dialogue and economic cooperation.

The Presidents discussed a wide range of issues of the bilateral agenda, including cooperation in the energy and transport areas. Presidents Sarkissian and Medvedev tasked the heads of the corresponding structures to clear by the end of July conditions of supply to Armenia of the Russian energy resources.

The two sides exchanged also views on the regional and international issues. At the meeting a special attention was paid to the resolution of the NK conflict.

President Sarkissian and President Medvedev discussed also their forthcoming official visits to respectively Russia and Armenia.

President Serzh Sarkissian met with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev at the “Baltic Star” hotel in Saint Petersburg.

This is the first meeting of Serzh Sarkissian with his Azeri counterpart since becoming the President of Armenia. The meeting of the Presidents was preceded by the meeting of the Foreign Minister of the two countries which lasted nearly one hour.

The meeting started in the presence of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Azerbaijan Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Memedyarov, Co-Chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov, Matthew Bryza, and Bernard Fassier, as well as the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Adrzei Kasprzyk. Later, the meeting of the Presidents was continued in face to face format. Negotiations lasted for one hour and were continued once again with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Minsk Group Co-Chairs, and the Special Representative.

The Armenian side assesses the results of the first Sarkissian-Aliev meeting in Saint Petersburg as constructive. During the introductory meeting the two sides presented their views regarding the process of negotiations and instructed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to continue the negotiations in the cooperation with the Minsk Group Co-Chairmen. Presidents Sarkissian and Aliev want the Co-Chairs to continue their work on bringing the positions of the parties closer. It’s been agreed that the Minsk Group Co-Chairmen will visit the region in the end of June. The precise dates of the visit will be fixed shortly.

The meeting of Presidents Sarkissian and Aliev was followed by another meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

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