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Press Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan during the joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary

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💬 “Good afternoon,
Dear Mr. Minister,
I welcome you and your delegation to the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan. As a continuation of our meeting and agreements reached in Poland last year, this is the first visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary to the Republic of Armenia after the long break and restoration of diplomatic relations. I believe that mutual visits really contribute to the development of relations and I want to mention the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary to the Republic of Armenia, the visit of our Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures to Hungary, and now your visit to Armenia. I should note that work is underway to organize new mutual visits.
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I consider the formation of friendly groups in the parliaments of both countries and their further relations and partnership to be important. I believe that all this and the inter-parliamentary cooperation will become the basis for both further improvement of bilateral relations and cooperation on different multilateral platforms.
Of course, I would like to emphasise that we highly appreciate the existence of the Armenian community officially recognized as a national minority in Hungary and the caring attitude towards it by Hungary’s authorities. One of the evident testimonies of this is the reopening of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church in Budapest.
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Your visit takes place in a situation where we can talk about the available opportunities, as I mentioned, but we must also be able to adequately assess the general regional developments, which in turn have a significant impact on the security situation and stability of the region.
I am sure that Hungary, also as an EU member state, is well aware of all developments. I would like to emphasise that for a lasting and dignified peace in the South Caucasus for our people it is vital to ensure the exclusion of the use of force and xenophobic policy, because we have already witnessed its manifestations, which we have repeatedly warned about. Only a month ago, the policy of ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh was completed, and more than 100,000 Armenians were forced to flee to save their lives and were forcibly displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh, left their historic homeland, and now seek safe shelter as refugees in the Republic of Armenia.
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Addressing the rights of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and also working towards the protection of the rich Armenian heritage left in Nagorno-Karabakh is, of course, important for creating an atmosphere of mutual trust. …”

Article: Lala Hayrapetyan (2022-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000080624)

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Armenian family day

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This year, the festival dedicated to the Armenian family coincided with Children’s Day. This year saw a record number of participants, and the party was accompanied by delicious snacks, face painting, fairy tale characters, lots of games, music, and Armenian dancing. Among our guests were families and their children who had been forcibly displaced from Artsakh and arrived in Hungary. We would like to extend our gratitude to the president of the Armenian community in the Hungarian National Assembly, the Armenian autonomy of the 18th region, the Armenian Culture Foundation, the Armenian Youth Association, the Armenian Autonomy of Kispest, Marlenka for the sweets, the Armenian Autonomy of Kőbánya for the face painting, the Urartu Armenian Theatre for the stage and musical performances, the Armenian Cultural Center, and the Transylvanian Armenian Cultural Center. Special thanks to the participants.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

 

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Meeting of the Foreign Minister of Armenia with the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary

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On May 6, within the framework of the official visit to Hungary, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with István Jakab, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary.

The interlocutors discussed the prospects for the development of the bilateral agenda. The role and expectations from the inter-parliamentary engagements and the importance of implementing initiatives through friendship groups operating in both parliaments were emphasized.

Minister Mirzoyan highlighted that on the path initiated for the restoration of diplomatic relations and as a result of recent discussions, it is noticeable that both sides have a determination to give a significant impetus to bilateral ties, which are based on historical and civilizational commonalities.

Both sides emphasized the existing interest in discovering new directions through high-level mutual visits, joint initiatives, and discussed future plans.

Special attention was paid to issues of deepening people-to-people contacts in the field of culture, science and education, the launch of Yerevan-Budapest direct flights, as well as the implementation of the “Stipendium Hungaricum” scholarship program. The care of the Hungarian people and the Hungarian Government towards the Armenian community, which is officially recognized as a national minority in Hungary, was also mentioned as evidence of the strong ties between the two peoples.

Ararat Mirzoyan and István Jakab also exchanged views on regional security issues. Minister Mirzoyan presented the vision of Armenia in achieving stable peace in the South Caucasus, the existing challenges and efforts to overcome them.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

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Meeting of the Foreign Minister of Armenia with the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary

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On May 6, within the framework of the official visit to Hungary, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan had a meeting with Zsolt Semjén, the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the possibilities of developing the bilateral agenda after the diplomatic relations have been restored, and on regional issues.

The sides noted that the official visit of Ararat Mirzoyan, a visit at the level of the Minister of Foreign Affairs takes place after a fifteen-year break, expressing hope that the recent dynamics and high-level mutual visits will give a new impetus to the development of relations and multi-sector agenda. “There is still a great unrealized potential both in terms of political dialogue and especially in terms of economic ties, and there is a willingness to take steps to reach continuous results,” added Ararat Mirzoyan.

The prospects of cooperation between the respective structures of the two countries in various fields were thoroughly discussed. Special attention was paid to the prospects of the development of cooperation in education, people-to-people contacts and cultural tourism, which can be significantly facilitated by the launch of Yerevan-Budapest direct flights. Recalling the existence of the Department of Armenian Studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, as well as the memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries in 2023-2024, Minister Mirzoyan stressed the importance of implementation of the experience and student exchanges, as well as scholarship programs.

The special attention paid by Hungary to the protection of historical and cultural heritage and the steps taken in this direction were touched upon.

The Foreign Minister of Armenia and the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary exchanged views on the issues of cooperation on the EU platform, taking into account Hungary’s upcoming Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of the year. Minister Mirzoyan expressed hope that with joint efforts it will be possible to implement all the projects outlined in the new Armenia-EU partnership agenda.

Touching upon Armenia’s vision of achieving lasting peace in the South Caucasus, Minister Mirzoyan briefed on the ongoing peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan, including the developments in the delimitation process, emphasizing the key principles of territorial integrity, recognition of borders and their inviolability.

In the context of the development of regional economic interconnectivity, Minister Mirzoyan presented to the interlocutor the “Crossroads of Peace” project developed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the opportunities provided by it.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

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