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Foreign Minister Mikser: Estonia would like to strengthen IT-cooperation with Armenia

14.06.2017

Yesterday, on 13 June, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser affirmed at a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan that Estonia would like to find opportunities for closer cooperation with Armenia.  In addition, he welcomed the progress in EU-Armenia relations and talked about the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit.

“Estonia and Armenia are good friends, we have many common points of interest, and also many opportunities for further development of relations,” Mikser said. Topics discussed at the meeting included economic and educational cooperation, but the most promising is cooperation in ICT. “Both the Estonian and Armenian societies see e-solutions as an opportunity to make government’s services more accessible and transparent, as well as an opportunity to do business,” Mikser said. The Foreign Minister affirmed that Estonia is ready to share its ICT experience and also learn from Armenia’s experience.

The Foreign Minister also welcomed the conclusion of negotiations on the Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia in February. “We hope that the Agreement will be signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in November,” he added. Mikser said that the Eastern Partnership is one of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. “We are working to ensure that the results of the Summit would satisfy all parties,” Mikser confirmed.

Mikser emphasised that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs a peaceful solution. “We expect more spirit of compromise from the parties of the conflict,” the Foreign Minister said. “The European Union would like to see peace and stability in the Southern Caucasus region,” he said.

The foreign ministers also signed the protocol between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Armenia on the Implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia on the Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorisation.

Foreign Minister Mikser also met with President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, and the Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Ara Babloyan to discuss cooperation opportunities between the two countries and EU-Armenia relations.  In addition, Mikser exchanged thoughts with the students of the Diplomatic School of Armenia.

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Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 5667 5362
press@mfa.ee 
www.vm.ee

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