The French president, Emmanuel Macron, sent a message to the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, inviting him to Paris for an Armenian-French cooperation forum on 9 March.
According to ArmenPress, Macron's message to Pashinyan said that the event was aimed at celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Armenia, and realising the two countries’ common ambitions. The forum, which will take place with the participation of Franco-Armenian personalities, will be a “platform of dialogue” which gives an opportunity “to all those who bring our cultural, scientific-economic relations to life, to outline long-term structural projects to promote the sustainable development and prosperity of Armenia”.
The French president noted that thanks to centuries of close friendship, Armenia and France had built a “strong, diverse, promising future-oriented partnership", adding that he was glad that political, cultural and economic ties were being furthered through a variety of measures, such as the recent establishment of the French Institute in Armenia, or France's provision of Covid-19 vaccines to Armenia.
Macron added that Armenia could rely on the “decisive mobilisation of France, both bilaterally and within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ format, to achieve the adoption and implementation of de-escalation measures for the lasting settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict”.