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”.