British Government Supports Move to Parliamentary Democracy in Armenia

Alan Duncan, the Minister of State for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has welcomed the move towards parliamentary democracy in Armenia. The country was a former Soviet republic which became independent in 1991 when the USSR collapsed.

The country is aiming to move towards a western European style of democracy and is part of a project to become closer to the European Union. Duncan will speak at the National Assembly in Armenia, but said before his visit to the country:

“My first visit to Armenia is an opportunity for me to celebrate the UK’s support to Armenia in its consolidation as a democratic, resilient and prosperous country. Over the 25 years since we established diplomatic relations, co-operation has flourished across a range of spheres – including political, commercial, educational and cultural.

We believe there are further opportunities to deepen our co-operation. I look forward to meeting President Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karapetyan, Foreign Minister Nalbandian and other high level officials in Armenia. I will outline the UK’s readiness to support Armenia’s efforts to embed democracy, good governance and human rights and explore ways to boost trade between our two countries”.