YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian Wednesday introduced the newly appointed Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, to the Foreign Ministry’s staff in Yerevan, the Armenian presidential press service told Armenpress.
Sarkisian discussed in length Nalbandian’s professional skills and accomplishmen’s and thanked former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian for his decade of service as head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
During the meeting Sarkisian outlined Armenia’s foreign policy challenges and outlined the government’s initiatives to address the country’s external issues.
Armenia’s foreign policy will take on a more proactive posture and work to improve Armenia’s image in the international community, he said. It will also work toward the recognition of the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Only by becoming more active in international affairs and boosting relations with other countries and international organizations will Armenia be able to create the conditions necessary for a favorable peace for the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Sarkisian stressed.
Speaking about the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, President Sarkisian assured the diplomats that Armenia will continue to maintain its position on the rights of Nagorno-Karabakh’s people. Armenia has always supported the right to self-determination for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and will continue, he stressed.
"We want a peaceful regulation of the Karabakh conflict," he said, adding, "we are not afraid of war but at the same time we do not want it."
"The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have won their right to a free and independent life. And through our efforts, that right must be recognized by the international community."
One of the serious issues of foreign policy, the president considered the expansion of economic ties with countries and noted that with many countries political relations are on a high level but the economic ties are weak.
"We have great potential for it and we must use it at its best," he said.
The international recognition of the Armenian genocide will also continue to remain a foreign policy priority, he said, underscoring the potential of the Diaspora in this regard.