YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian met with the President of the General Council of Vandee Department of France, Member of the European Parliament, Philippe de Villiers and his delegation comprising members of the French National Assembly and the Vice-Presidents of the General Council of Vandee Department, President’s Press Office reported.
Expressing gratitude to the members of the Parliament for the assistance rendered to Armenia, for deepening Armenian-French friendship, for the efforts directed at the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and its condemnation, Sarkisian said that the Armenian-French relations and friendship date back many centuries. “France is regarded by the Armenian people as a very close, friendly state which perceives the Armenian issues is depth and brings a practical help to their solution,” the President of Armenia’stressed.
Philippe de Villiers said they are Armenia’s good friends. According to him, Vandee is the Department with the highest number of enterprises and the majority of labor force and with this regard their experience could be useful for Armenia.
Noting that there are 120 businesses in Armenia with French capital, Sarkisian expressed hope that the companies of Vandee would also come to Armenia. “Your presence also introduces the European industrial and agricultural culture to Armenia,” he said.
The President of Armenia expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation in the area of upgrading teachers’ qualification, especially taking into consideration the fact than recently Armenia has become the associated member to the International Organization of La Francophonie.
De Villiers informed that during the discussions held in Yerevan the outline of future cooperation has already been established and that they intend to implement rather ambitious programs.