FM NALBANDIAN MEETS GERMAN MINISTER GERNOT ERLER

Foreign Ministry
March 31 2009
Armenia

Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian meets Gernot Erler,
Minister of State of the German Federal Foreign Office

On March 30, Minister Nalbandian received Gernot Erler, Minister of
State of the German Federal Foreign Office who arrived in Armenia
accompanied by MP Steffen Reiche, Chairman of Germany - South Caucasus
parliamentary group of the German Bundestag.

In his welcoming remarks Minister Nalbandian stressed that a high-level
political dialogue has been established between the two countries,
partnership in bilateral and multilateral formats is effective,
business and cultural ties are expanding. Minister Nalbandian said
that Armenia attaches importance to further deepening and strengthening
of comprehensive cooperation with Germany.

Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian meets Gernot Erler,
Minister of State of the German Federal Foreign Office 30 March 2009

On March 30, Minister Nalbandian received Gernot Erler, Minister of
State of the German Federal Foreign Office who arrived in Armenia
accompanied by MP Steffen Reiche, Chairman of Germany - South Caucasus
parliamentary group of the German Bundestag.

In his welcoming remarks Minister Nalbandian stressed that a high-level
political dialogue has been established between the two countries,
partnership in bilateral and multilateral formats is effective,
business and cultural ties are expanding. Minister Nalbandian said
that Armenia attaches importance to further deepening and strengthening
of comprehensive cooperation with Germany.

The two had a detailed discussion on the "Eastern Partnership"
initiative. Edward Nalbandian mentioned that the Declaration of
the European Summit, which creates basis for further cooperation,
has been carefully discussed in Armenia. Minister underlined that
Armenia is ready to have an active cooperation with the EU structures
and member-states toward further development and implementation of
the Eastern Partnership.

Minister of State of the Federal Foreign Office underlined that
cooperation between the two countries in political, economic,
educational and cultural areas is excellent and attaches importance
to the efficiency of Armenian-German intergovernmental consultations
and the activity of Armenian-Germany friendly parliamentary group.

Minister Nalbandian and State Minister Gernot Erler also touched upon
developments Nagorno Karabakh peace process and discussed issues
concerning the possibilities of normalization of Armenian-Turkish
relations.

The meeting was followed by joint press conference of Deputy Foreign
Minister Karine Kazinian and Minister of State of the German Federal
Foreign Office Gernot Erler.