Prime Minister has met with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan


2021 10 04


On 4 October 2021, at the Office of the Government, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and his delegation while on an official visit to Lithuania.

During the meeting, further prospects for Lithuanian-Armenian bilateral relations, the European Union-Armenia cooperation, regional matters, and preparation for the Eastern Partnership Summit, to be held on 15 December 2021, have been discussed.

The Lithuanian Prime Minister has welcomed the friendly relations between Lithuanians and Armenians and has expressed expectation that bilateral cooperation and people-to-people contacts will be further strengthened. ‘During the fair and democratic elections, the nation has given the Government of Armenia a strong mandate to continue democratic changes in Armenia. Lithuania is ready to help bilaterally and by mobilising the EU support in this respect,’ said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has noted that the implementation of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement provides a major impetus for Armenia’s democratic reforms and rapprochement with the EU. The Prime Minister has encouraged Armenia to properly prepare to absorb the EU’s proposed support for the country’s economic recovery through the Economic and Investment Plan.

The Prime Minister has expressed her condolences to Armenia over the loss of lives in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, has shared her hope that return to the settlement of the political conflict in the format of the Chairs of the Minsk Group will be made as soon as possible, and has welcomed the determination expressed by the Prime Minister of Armenia to work for the settlement of the political conflict and peace in the whole region.

Šimonytė has thanked the Government of Armenia for a Kurmanji interpreter posted to Lithuania, who has facilitated communication with migrants. The Prime Minister has emphasised that Lithuania highly appreciates the fact that despite all the challenges, Armenia had become the second country among the Eastern Partnership countries, after Ukraine, that had provided support to Lithuania in the face of the hybrid aggression of the Lukashenko regime.

The Prime Ministers have emphasised the importance of cooperation between the two democracies and have expressed the expectation that the planned direct flights between Vilnius and Yerevan will help strengthen economic and business ties.

Particular attention has been paid to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of health. On the margins of the meeting, the Lithuanian and Armenian Ministers of Health have signed a cooperation agreement.

The Prime Minister has expressed her delight at the fact that Prime Minister Pashinyan will fly back to Armenia with 50,000 doses of Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine donated by Lithuania. ‘I am glad that Lithuania can share vaccines with the people of Armenia, and I hope that they will be active in taking their jab,’ said the Prime Minister.

This evening, Šimonytė and Pashinyan will attend a concert dedicated to the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Armenia’s independence as well as diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Armenia, to be held at the Kaunas Philharmonic.