PARIS — The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Edward Nalbandian paid a working visit to Paris on March 13 and met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Laurent Fabius.

The Ministers discussed the preparations for the forthcoming visit of the President of France, Francois Hollande, to Armenia this May.

The interlocutors expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations between the countries are on a high level and touched upon the development and expansion of the economic cooperation. In this context Minister Nalbandian emphasized that about 160 companies with French capital are function in Armenia and our country welcomes the growth of the French investments and the new initiatives in that direction.

Armenian-EU relations and the Karabakh settlement process were also on the agenda. Appreciating France’s constructive involvement in the process together with the United States and Russia, Minister Nalbandian attached importance to their joint efforts targeted at the peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict.

Minister Nalbandian reiterated Armenia’s willingness to continue to work jointly with the Minsk Group co-chairing countries to reach a final resolution.

The parties discussed the urgent international and regional issues, particularly the Ukrainian crisis and the possible ways of its settlement, as well as Iran’s nuke programs.

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