Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations


Pashinyan says Armenia interested in developing cooperation with United States
/Dec 18/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia would like to enhance economic cooperation with the United States, acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said today during a meeting in Yerevan with the visiting deputy head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Europe and Eurasia Brock Birman, the government press office said.
According to Pashinyan, the government will consistently and confidently continue reforms aimed at developing democratic institutions and in this context he emphasized the importance of cooperation with USAID. Pashinyan said Birman’s visit to Armenia is a good opportunity to outline directions for further cooperation.
“Our goal is to turn the political revolution into an economic one, and on the way to these important changes we are interested in active cooperation with USAID. Our steps are aimed at strengthening democracy, improving the business environment, attracting investments and promoting the development of civil society,” said Pashinyan.
Pashinyan said his government is interested in developing economic cooperation with the United States and increasing the volume of bilateral trade.
Birman congratulated Pashinyan on holding high-level early parliamentary elections. He said USAID is ready to work with the government of Armenia in strengthening its democratic institutions, fighting corruption and facilitating trade and investment. 
During the meeting, the sides agreed that specific areas of bilateral cooperation will be clarified in the future as part of discussions between the government of Armenia and the USAID Office in Armenia.

Armenian government approves ratification of EEU-Iran FTZ interim agreement
/Dec 20/

YEREVAN – The Government has approved the legislative initiative on ratifying the interim agreement aimed at creating a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran.

The agreement was signed on May 17, 2018 in Kazakhstan.

In accordance to obligations stipulated in the international treaty, the government will forward it to the Constitutional Court to determine its constitutionality. If confirmed, it will be submitted to parliament.

The interim agreement is signed for three years, during which the sides must reach a final agreement on the free trade zone.

Putin announces upcoming Pashinyan visit, says Armenia is Russia’s regional and global strategic partner
/Dec 20/

YEREVAN – Armenia is Russia’s strategic partner in the region and worldwide, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual press conference in response to a question from a reporter on “how is Russia planning to restore its policy with Armenia after the parliamentary elections”.

“There is nothing that has collapsed to restore. Armenia is our strategic partner in the region and globally, it is a CSTO and EEU member. We have to develop what we have,” Putin said.

Putin said that the Armenian people are the closest partners of the Russian people in South Caucasus. “This has been this way historically, it is this way now and I hope this will continue being so. We must proceed by taking into account the current situation worldwide and the region. We will soon discuss these issues with Mr. Pashinyan [Armenian PM], who will visit [Russia] next week,” Putin said.