Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan arrived to Lebanon on October 20 for a two days visit.
Pashinyan met with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace. He thanked him for the warm reception and noted that he is happy to visit Lebanon.
“We have a new opportunity for discourse,” Pashinyan said, in particular. “After Armenia’s independence in 1991, the relations between our countries, the age-old relationships between our peoples have acquired new quality”.
“We need to make that best serve the strengthening of our partnership, implementation of our common goals.” Pashinyan added.
The acting PM also said that the Armenian people recall with gratitude the Lebanese people’s heartfelt approach toward the Armenians who had survived the genocide.
“Lebanon is the only country in the region that formally recognized the Armenian Genocide,” he added. “And that’s important not solely for the preservation of historical recollection, but also for the prevention of new genocides.”
The Armenian acting PM and the Lebanese president reflected on the opportunities for development of bilateral trade and economic ties, and they underscored the respective active work.
PM Pashinyan is also scheduled to meet with the representatives of the Lebanese-Armenian community and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. He will also visit the Armenian spiritual-cultural centers, educational institutions in Beirut.
Finally, Pashinyan will meet with Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate M. Saad Hariri and Speaker of Parliament M. Nabih Berri before returning to his homeland.