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Greece pledges support for Armenia’s Western orientation

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Greece has voiced its intention to assist Armenia in shifting alliances towards the West, following the visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Athens on Tuesday.The two countries, which share strong historical, cultural and religious ties, reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of international law, territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that Greece will stand by Armenia in every diplomatic effort for a lasting peace treaty with Azerbaijan, after the 2023 war that resulted in significant territorial losses for Armenia.

Mitsotakis also expressed his support for Pashinyan’s initiative of “Crossroads of Peace”, which aims to transform the South Caucasus region into a commercial hub that will connect the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea.

The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance their cooperation in various fields, such as defense, trade, culture and education. They signed a bilateral agreement regarding the immigration and employment of Armenians in Greece, as well as a memorandum of understanding on the protection of Armenian cultural heritage in areas such as Nagorno-Karabakh.

Pashinyan thanked Mitsotakis for his solidarity and friendship, and praised Greece as a model of democracy and stability in the region. He said that Armenia, with the assistance of the European Union, is undergoing a process of reforms and modernization, which will create new opportunities for investment and partnership.

The visit of Pashinyan to Greece was the first by an Armenian prime minister since 2011, and marked a new chapter in the bilateral relations between the two countries.

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