Armenian Ambassador Visits French Towns

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian Ambassador to France Edward Nalbandian visited the towns of Valance and Roman July 9-10 where he held meetings with the representatives of local authorities–the business community and the Armenian community.

During his meeting with the Armenian ambassador–Mayor of Valance Patrique Laron discussed ties between Valance and Armenia and long-term programs in this direction. Since 1996 the French town of Valance and the Armenian town of Ijevan have been sister-towns. Three mutual visits have already been arranged–and joint educational–health–agricultural and business programs are being implemented.

During his meetings at the General Council of the province of Dron as well as with Senator Pires and Mayor of Burg-le-Valance–Ambassador Nalbandian addressed issues related to regional cooperation–recognition of the Armenian genocide by the French Senate–and the Karabakh settlement.

In Burg-le-Valance and Roman the ambassador presented the domestic political situation in Armenia following the parliamentary elections and the current situation in the Karabakh settlement.

He also stressed France’s role in finding a fair solution to the problem as well as in establishing stability in the region. The two towns established fraternal relations with the Armenian towns of Talin and Vardenis respectively. Mayor of Roman expressed optimism that their programs will enable them to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples.

During his visit the Armenian ambassador also held meetings with representatives of Armenian community and visited churches–schools and cultural centers. The Armenian community–which constitutes about 10 percent of the local population–is one of the most influential in France. Armenia’s there have positions local government and play an important role in the province’s life.

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