• Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Armenian President: “Italy second home, great respect for Mattarella and Draghi”


Oct 14, 2021

” Italy is a second home for me ”, a country in which ” I could live if I decided to live outside Armenia for a while ”. Maybe ” in Bologna, for its university, its wonderful library ”. Because it is a city full of young people and “there is always something to learn from young people”. Thus the president of Armenia Armen Sarkissian speaks to Adnkronos about his love for our country, which he knows “well enough” for having been there “several times over the years”. ” I have great respect for President Mattarella ”, who is ” a very wise, shrewd, honest man with great experience and great humanity. I like very much”. Sarkissian then recalled having had Mattarella as a guest in Armenia in 2018, the first time of an Italian president in the country, and hopes to be able to receive him often and when he wants, again, in Yerevan. The Armenian president then expressed “great respect for Prime Minister Draghi” who “is a great professional”. Thanks to them, the Armenian president added, relations between Italy and Armenia are “excellent in terms of leadership”. Italy and Armenia are two countries that have “many things in common”, but that “can do much better” in “any field and direction”, continued Sarkissian, citing in particular the entrepreneurial sphere. Yerevan is part of the Eurasian Economic Union led by Moscow, Sarkissian recalls, explaining that ” if you register your company in Armenia you can sell your products in Russia ”. A useful strategy for ” Italian companies that have lost a lot in the Russian market following the sanctions in place, especially in the food market ”. And that therefore they could ” produce pasta in Armenia and sell it in Russia ”, for example. ” If I were an Italian entrepreneur I would prefer Armenia to Russia ”, he added. On the aspects in common between Italy and Armenia, which has ” a very European culture ”, there are aspects that concern ” the family and the way of doing business. Which are often correlated with large family companies ”. Italians and Armenians, continues Sarkissian, are both peoples of ” hard workers ” and ” we are a global family, Italians live everywhere in the world, from Argentina to New York to London, as well as Armenians ”. Italians and Armenians, he adds, also share ” the way we understand the value of beauty, knowledge ” and ” we love food. ” Even during the Nagorno-Karabakh war ” I felt the concern of many friends Italians, but generally speaking, I was not happy with the behavior of many international institutions and organizations such as the EU ”. Sarkissian said that ” the EU has not done much other than appealing to the parties to end hostilities ”, while ” America was too busy with their elections ” and ” NATO has not done nothing when their member state, Turkey, attacked Armenia. ” Why “remains an unanswered question,” he adds. Now “Azerbaijan has won the war and I think it now has more opportunity than Armenia has, to compromise and build stable relations with Armenia ”. For Sarkissian “they won the war and it is their choice to work for a stable peace in the region”. According to the president, Armenia was the winner of the first war in 1994, but unfortunately it failed to transform its victory into a stable and lasting peace. In any case, he says, “there is always a possibility of dialogue” and with Azerbaijan an indirect dialogue through Russia is now underway. Where it takes us, we’ll see. ” Meanwhile, he wished “good luck” to his Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who in recent days met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the center of the talks, ” progress in fulfilling the declarations between Russian, Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders on Nagorno-Karabakh of 9 November 2020 and 11 January 2021, as well as further initiatives to ensure stability and forge economic ties in the Region “, as stated in a note released by the Kremlin. Markissian concludes with a” formula to stay young, it is very simple: do not stop learning. “And this” depends on you. “Hence the decision to keep in Armenia the Summit of Minds, whose third edition will be held on 23 and 24 October in Yerevan. ” Two hundred people to learn a lot from, an opportunity to talk and discuss, ” said Sarkissian.