03, 2009

President Sargsyan received the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Alfredo Mantika

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the delegation headed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Alfredo Mantika.

The President of Armenia said that the Armenian-Italian relations have an excellent prospect for development and with this regard he underscored the importance of invigorating political dialogue and bilateral contacts.

According to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy, his country is interested in developing friendly relations with Armenia and there are solid prerequisites and good will to do it.

Noting, that the wishes of the two countries concur, Serzh Sargsyan said that on Armenia’s road toward the European family bilateral and multilateral cooperation with an advanced country such as Italy is crucial.

The parties conversed also about the EU Eastern Partnership initiative stressing that it opens great opportunities for cooperation. President of Armenia underlined in particular the regional cooperation component of the initiative.

The high-level official of the Italian Foreign Ministry thanked the President of Armenia for the assistance provided to the Italian citizens during the last year’s Georgian-Ossetian crisis. According to Alfredo Mantika, these events proved once again that attempts to solve conflicts through military means were short-sighted and that all existing conflicts should be resolved through political means. Stressing that his country is interested in the stability in the South Caucasus, the Italian dignitary said that Italy, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, was carefully following the developments in the NK peace process.

The President of Armenia hailed Italy’s balanced approach toward the regional issues.

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