Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the 30th anniversary of Canada-Armenia diplomatic relations

January 31, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada and Armenia enjoy a close relationship. As we mark the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, we are reminded of the shared interests, common priorities and warm people-to-people ties that serve as the foundation of our friendship. The dynamic Armenian diaspora within Canada serves as an important bridge that connects our societies and help make Canada the prosperous, vibrant, and open country it is today.

“Our countries have worked side by side in the promotion of women’s empowerment, inclusive governance, and the values of La Francophonie across the globe. Not only that, but our continued collaboration in international fora, like the United Nations and OSCE, demonstrates a mutual commitment to strengthening the rules-based international order and democracy in the Caucasus region.

“Canada is deeply invested in the continued progress of Armenia’s democratic institutions, notably through the Arnold Chan Initiative for Democracy in Armenia, launched by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018, and the important work of Canada’s Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, Stéphane Dion. We look forward to working with our Armenian partners to help the country fully realize its democratic ambitions and reinforce our collaboration further in the years to come.

“My best wishes to the people of Armenia on the anniversary of this important milestone.”

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