Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan received Wednesday afternoon his Swiss counterpart, Didier Burkhalter, in his office.
After an official greeting ceremony at the presidential palace, the two state leaders had talks in a narrow format, reports the presidential press office.
Welcoming the high-ranking guest, President Sargsyan said that his visit to the country is of special importance as a representative of a state which is a reliable partner of Armenia. The president noted that the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), of which Mr Burkhalter is now the chairperson-in-office, has been long mediating the peace efforts over Nagorno-Karabakh, the question being of vital importance for Armenia.
“It is with great pleasure and willingness that we are going to discuss today both the bilateral agenda and the different aspects of cooperation within the OSCE frameworks. I am happy, of course, that we are going to see president of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic today, and it is a good opportunity for you meet with all the parties to the conflict to listen to their opinions. Welcome to Armenia,” he said.
President Burkhalter, who is in Armenia as part of a regional visit, said he is happy to be in the country after the visit to the other two South Caucasus republics (Azerbaijan and Georgia).
He agreed with the Armenian leader on the need of developing a dialogue with all the sides, adding that Switzerland is interested in promoting bilateral efforts in the peace process.
The narrow-format talks were followed by an extended meeting between the two countries’ delegation.