The exchange of ambassadors with Saudi Arabia is a “matter of...


He said: The Kingdom is a very important and influential country, and I trust the Crown Prince, who is leading it in the right direction


Armenian President: Exchange of ambassadors with Saudi Arabia

The President of the Republic of Armenia revealed that his country has started a new chapter in its relations with Saudi Arabia, where the opening of embassies and the exchange of ambassadors is only a matter of time.

In an interview with Arab News, Armen Sarkissian expressed his regret at the absence of official relations between the two countries for nearly 30 years, noting that one of his “first goals” he set after assuming the presidency in 2018 was to establish diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

Sarkissian said in his first statements to a Saudi media outlet that the new phase began with his visit to the Kingdom in October and the historic talks he had with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“First, the discussion focused on the two sides’ respect for each other as a nation, a state and individuals,” Sarkissian explained.

“Secondly, we talked about diplomatic relations, and we agreed that our diplomatic relations had already started with that visit,” he added.

He continued, “The third most important issue that we discussed was the future, and I was very pleased to notice that he focused a lot on the future of his country, the future of the region, the future of the Gulf and the future of the world.”

Sarkissian said: The timetable for exchanging ambassadors and opening embassies is a matter for his government and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added, “Frankly, this is a secondary issue, as we agreed to consider that we have opened a new page in our relations.”

Sarkissian remarked, “I believe in his frankness as a leader, leading his nation, to a large extent, in the right direction.”

Sarkissian also rejected suggestions that Armenia’s remarkable rapprochement with Iran could hinder attempts to establish better relations, and said: Yerevan and Tehran enjoy historical and cultural relations, and have common interests in the fields of energy and trade, but Iran had no role in the affairs. military, security or political affairs of Armenia.

The Armenian president considered it too early to judge the merits of the offer made by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay last week; With the aim of pushing forward the dialogue with Armenia, in coordination with Azerbaijan, with which Armenia fought another war recently; over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

He explained, “I will never say that I speak on behalf of all the Armenian people.. I am the head of state, but I am not the executive who manages current affairs. The government is responsible for responding to the Turkish side and to the offer.”

Sarkissian noted that regional and religious organizations, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, can play a role in reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict with Azerbaijan.

He also recalled the pivotal role played by the Gulf states and the Arab world in harboring the Armenians who fled as a result of the genocide that his country witnessed between 1915 and 1916.

Sarkissian considered that these people “found homes in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these countries and the heads of these Middle Eastern countries, especially Arab ones, who treated us with brotherhood.”

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The President of the Republic of Armenia revealed that his country has started a new chapter in its relations with Saudi Arabia, where the opening of embassies and the exchange of ambassadors is only a matter of time.

In an interview with Arab News, Armen Sarkissian expressed his regret at the absence of official relations between the two countries for nearly 30 years, noting that one of his “first goals” he set after assuming the presidency in 2018 was to establish diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

Sarkissian said in his first statements to a Saudi media outlet that the new phase began with his visit to the Kingdom in October and the historic talks he had with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“First, the discussion focused on the two sides’ respect for each other as a nation, a state and individuals,” Sarkissian explained.

“Secondly, we talked about diplomatic relations, and we agreed that our diplomatic relations had already started with that visit,” he added.

He continued, “The third most important issue that we discussed was the future, and I was very pleased to notice that he focused a lot on the future of his country, the future of the region, the future of the Gulf and the future of the world.”

Sarkissian said: The timetable for exchanging ambassadors and opening embassies is a matter for his government and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added, “Frankly, this is a secondary issue, as we agreed to consider that we have opened a new page in our relations.”

Sarkissian remarked, “I believe in his frankness as a leader, leading his nation, to a large extent, in the right direction.”

Sarkissian also rejected suggestions that Armenia’s remarkable rapprochement with Iran could hinder attempts to establish better relations, and said: Yerevan and Tehran enjoy historical and cultural relations, and have common interests in the fields of energy and trade, but Iran had no role in the affairs. military, security or political affairs of Armenia.

The Armenian president considered it too early to judge the merits of the offer made by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay last week; With the aim of pushing forward the dialogue with Armenia, in coordination with Azerbaijan, with which Armenia fought another war recently; over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

He explained, “I will never say that I speak on behalf of all the Armenian people.. I am the head of state, but I am not the executive who manages current affairs. The government is responsible for responding to the Turkish side and to the offer.”

Sarkissian noted that regional and religious organizations, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, can play a role in reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict with Azerbaijan.

He also recalled the pivotal role played by the Gulf states and the Arab world in harboring the Armenians who fled as a result of the genocide that his country witnessed between 1915 and 1916.

Sarkissian considered that these people “found homes in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these countries and the heads of these Middle Eastern countries, especially Arab ones, who treated us with brotherhood.”

December 23, 2021 – Jumada al-Awwal 19 1443

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He said: The Kingdom is a very important and influential country, and I trust the Crown Prince, who is leading it in the right direction

The President of the Republic of Armenia revealed that his country has started a new chapter in its relations with Saudi Arabia, where the opening of embassies and the exchange of ambassadors is only a matter of time.

In an interview with Arab News, Armen Sarkissian expressed his regret at the absence of official relations between the two countries for nearly 30 years, noting that one of his “first goals” he set after assuming the presidency in 2018 was to establish diplomatic relations with the Kingdom.

Sarkissian said in his first statements to a Saudi media outlet that the new phase began with his visit to the Kingdom in October and the historic talks he had with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“First, the discussion focused on the two sides’ respect for each other as a nation, a state and individuals,” Sarkissian explained.

“Secondly, we talked about diplomatic relations, and we agreed that our diplomatic relations had already started with that visit,” he added.

He continued, “The third most important issue that we discussed was the future, and I was very pleased to notice that he focused a lot on the future of his country, the future of the region, the future of the Gulf and the future of the world.”

Sarkissian said: The timetable for exchanging ambassadors and opening embassies is a matter for his government and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He added, “Frankly, this is a secondary issue, as we agreed to consider that we have opened a new page in our relations.”

Sarkissian remarked, “I believe in his frankness as a leader, leading his nation, to a large extent, in the right direction.”

Sarkissian also rejected suggestions that Armenia’s remarkable rapprochement with Iran could hinder attempts to establish better relations, and said: Yerevan and Tehran enjoy historical and cultural relations, and have common interests in the fields of energy and trade, but Iran had no role in the affairs. military, security or political affairs of Armenia.

The Armenian president considered it too early to judge the merits of the offer made by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay last week; With the aim of pushing forward the dialogue with Armenia, in coordination with Azerbaijan, with which Armenia fought another war recently; over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

He explained, “I will never say that I speak on behalf of all the Armenian people.. I am the head of state, but I am not the executive who manages current affairs. The government is responsible for responding to the Turkish side and to the offer.”

Sarkissian noted that regional and religious organizations, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, can play a role in reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict with Azerbaijan.

He also recalled the pivotal role played by the Gulf states and the Arab world in harboring the Armenians who fled as a result of the genocide that his country witnessed between 1915 and 1916.

Sarkissian considered that these people “found homes in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these countries and the heads of these Middle Eastern countries, especially Arab ones, who treated us with brotherhood.”

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