Estonia would like to find opportunities for closer cooperation with Armenia and welcomes the progress achieved in EU-Armenia relations, Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser said at a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on Tuesday.
The two foreign ministers also talked about the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, economic cooperation and cooperation in education.
"Estonia and Armenia are good friends, we have many common points of interest, and also many opportunities for further development of relations," Mikser said according to spokespeople for the Foreign Ministry in Tallinn.
"Both the Estonian and Armenian societies see e-solutions as an opportunity to make government's services more accessible and transparent, as well as an opportunity to do business," the Estonian minister said. He said Estonia is ready to share its ICT experience and also learn from Armenia's experience.
The Estonian minister welcomed the conclusion of negotiations on the Partnership Agreement between the EU and Armenia in February. "We hope that the agreement will be signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in November," he added. Mikser described Eastern Partnership as one of the priorities of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"We are working to ensure that the results of the summit would satisfy all parties," Mikser said. Mikser emphasized that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict needs a peaceful solution. "We expect more spirit of compromise from the parties of the conflict," the minister said. "The European Union would like to see peace and stability in the Southern Caucasus region," he said. The two ministers signed a protocol between the government of the Republic of Estonia and the government of the Republic of Armenia on the implementation of the agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia on the readmission of persons residing without authorization.
The Estonian foreign minister also met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, and the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Ara Babloyan, to discuss cooperation opportunities between the two countries and EU-Armenia relations. In addition, Mikser exchanged thoughts with students at the Armenian School of Diplomacy.
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