On October 13, the RA NA President Alen Simonyan received the Delegation led by the External Affairs Minister of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Welcoming the guests, the RA NA President Alen Simonyan expressed conviction that the visit of the Delegation headed by the External Affairs Minister of India would give new impetus to the friendly relations of two countries. According to the NA President, our state is concerned about deepening the cooperation with India in different spheres. Alen Simonyan has assured that Armenia is ready to make necessary efforts for implementing mutually beneficial programmes and pre-indicate new perspective directions of bilateral cooperation.
According to the Head of the legislative body, one of the important key issues of the relations between two countries is the inter-parliamentary cooperation, which is always at a high level. The NA Vice President Hakob Arshakyan will lead Armenia-India Friendship Group to be formed in near future, which, according to the Head of Parliament, in his turn underlines the importance of the Armenian-Indian friendly relations.
Alen Simonyan highly evaluated the unbiased position of India in Artsakh problem, according to which, India called on to refrain from the military actions and solve the issue in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship.
Speaking about the regional security, the NA President highly assessed the statement of principle by the Ministry of External Affairs of India in relation to the situation created as a consequence of the penetration of the Azerbaijani armed forces into the RA sovereign territory. The Head of the RA Parliament touched upon the deconstructive posture adopted by Pakistan in our region. He condemned the visit of the Head of Parliament of Pakistan to the occupied territories of Artsakh, particularly Shushi.
The sides charachterized the Armenian-Indian relations friendly, expressing confidence that the visit of the Delegation would further strengthen the ties aimed at the progress and development. According to the Minister of External Affairs of India, the two countries are bearers of common democratic values, the historically formed bilateral relations are firm.
Touching upon the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh problem, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has reaffirmed that his country sees the settlement of the problem through peaceful negotiations – in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship.