YEREVAN—On Monday, August 29, Armenia’s National Assembly Speaker Galust Sahakyan received German Bundestag MP and President of the German-Armenian Forum Albert Weiler.
Welcoming the guest, Sahakyan thanked Weiler’s contribution to the furthering and development of interparliamentary and interstate relations between the two countries.
The Head of Parliament evaluated the intensification of cooperation and contacts between Armenia’s National Assembly and the Bundestag. Sahakyan welcomed the German lawmakers’ promotion of regional cooperation, sustainability of peace and stability, formation of atmosphere of confidence in the region. In this context, Sahakyan highlighted Buntestag MPs’ visits to Artsakh.
Sahakyan expressed gratitude to the German Bundestag for adopting the bill on June 2, 2016 condemning the Armenian Genocide. “I am confident that only through recognition and condemnation of these crimes it is possible to prevent them the future,” he said.
Weiler, thankful for the reception, attached importance to his visit to Armenia after the adoption of the bill condemning the Armenian Genocide. Touching upon the bilateral relations, the Bundestag MP emphasized the mutual visits and the deepening of relations between the two countries especially in the economic sphere. Referring to the regional issues, Weiler noted that Germany strives in its turn to do its best for the maintenance of regional peace.
According to the Parliamentary press, Sahakyan expressed confidence that through support by Weiler, the traditional relations between Germany and Armenia will continue and develop.
At the end of the meeting, Sahakyan awarded Weiler an honorary medal for his significant contribution to the strengthening of the Armenian – German relations and advancement of interparliamentary ties.
On the same day, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian received Weiner.
Nalbandian praised the work of the German-Armenian Forum as well as the high-level cooperation established between the two countries, discussing steps to deepen ties.
During the meeting, Weiner briefed Nalbandian on the current activities and plans of the Forum.
Nalbandian then commended the German Parliament for recognizing the Armenian Genocide in June.
The meeting discussed Armenia-EU relations and the ongoing negotiations on a new legal framework with the European Union.
The Armenian Foreign Minister also briefed the German lawmakers on efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group targeted at the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh issue.