Conference Explores National Priorities Diaspora Collaboration

YEREVAN (Armenpress/Yerkir)–As a follow-up to the Armenian Diaspora conference–representatives of European and US-based Armenian organizations met with Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and ministry officials to determine how to collaboratively tackle advocacy issues on Armenia’s foreign policy agenda. Organized by the Foreign Ministry–the conference ended on Tuesday in Yerevan. Armenian ambassadors were also on hand to examine national priorities and the fundamental direction of Armenia’s foreign policy.

Security–development–European integration–peaceful regulation of Karabagh conflict–and preservation of historical rights and values were targeted as Armenia’s primary priorities.

Oskanian said that Diaspora organizations and the foreign ministry will be working more effectively in the coming years to advance those priorities–while considering interests of the countries where they are based.

He also explained that as Armenia’s foreign policy expands daily–the necessity to mobilize the potential of all Armenia’s becomes even more vital. He praised the already persistent efforts of Diaspora organizations in the US–Europe–Canada–and Latin America.

Meeting participant Hilda Tchoboian–who is the chairwoman of the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy–said that international diplomacy and formation of policy must consistently be monitored by not only Armenia’s diplomatic force–but also Diaspora organizations in order to act promptly and effectively.

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