On June 6 in Riga the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš received the delegation led by the RA NA President Hovik Abrahamyan.
Welcoming the NA President of Armenia and the members of the delegation, the President of Latvia has highly assessed the current level of the Armenian-Latvian cooperation, the relations established between Armenia and Latvia, which serve an important pledge for further development and deepening of cooperation in different spheres. With respect to deepening the bilateral relations Andris Bērziņš highlighted the official visit of the NA President Hovik Abrahamyan to Latvia, deeming necessary the further development of the inter-parliamentary relations, the activation of the bilateral contacts, as well as the deepening of cooperation in the spheres of economy, science, education, culture and other spheres. In this context the President of Latvia emphasized the implementation of concrete programmes. President Bērziņš has underlined that Latvia supports Armenia in the process of European integration and has proposed backing and experience of Latvia in this issue.
Thanking for warm reception the NA President Hovik Abrahamyan has said that the Armenian authorities attach great importance to the contacts of high level with Latvia and has noted with satisfaction that during the recent period the Armenian-Latvia political agenda has been rather full. Hovik Abrahamyan has informed the President of Latvia that during his visit an agreement has been reached with the Speaker of the Latvian Saiema in deepening the cooperation between the parliaments, and during the meeting with the Prime Minister the necessity of giving a long-term and mutually beneficial nature to the economic relations has been highlighted. In Mr Abrahamyan’s word, Armenia highlights the development of relations with the EU member countries and parliaments, and the Eastern Partnership moves to another qualitative plane the cooperation with the European countries, opening new perspectives for Armenia and the Summit to be held in Vilnius in November of this year and pre-signing of the Association Agreement will be an important basis for further deepening of relations. The Head of the Armenian Parliament has emphasized the enlivening of the bilateral trade-economic relations, noting in this context that their level does not reflect the current potential for cooperation. He highlighted the activity of the Inter-Governmental Committee.
In the course of the meeting the sides touched upon the issues concerning the NK problem and the regional problems. Mr Abrahamyan has stressed that Armenia sees the settlement of the Karabakh problem only within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, as a result of peaceful negotiations. The President of Latvia also highlighted the solution of the problem through peaceful means in the dimension of the OSCE Minsk Group.
During the meeting both sides also discussed other issues of bilateral interest and deemed important the deepening of cooperation in international structures.