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First-Ever Canadian Observers to Join EU Mission in Armenia


First-Ever Canadian Observers to Join EU Mission in Armenia

Canada has announced its decision to dispatch two observers to join the European Union Monitoring Mission in Armenia (EUMA), according to Deputy Foreign Minister Paruyr Hovhannisyan. The deployment of Canadian observers, the first from a non-EU country, underscores Canada's dedication to supporting Armenia and fostering regional stability.


Hovhannisyan revealed that Canada's Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, confirmed the country's willingness to send observers during her recent visit to Armenia. The two observers are expected to arrive shortly, marking a pivotal moment in Armenia's collaboration with international partners. During her visit, Minister Joly emphasized Canada's commitment to supporting Armenia's humanitarian efforts, tripling its assistance and outlining plans for deeper cooperation.


First-Ever Canadian Observers to Join EU Mission in Armenia

Addressing reporters in Jermuk, Hovhannisyan highlighted the symbolic significance of Minister Joly's visit, especially her interactions with displaced individuals from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Joly's itinerary included a visit to an EUMA operating base in Jermuk, where she was briefed on security developments by Marek Kuberski, Deputy Head of the EU Mission. The Canadian Foreign Minister also visited an Armenian military position outside Jermuk, gaining first hand insights into the situation along the border with Azerbaijan.

First-Ever Canadian Observers to Join EU Mission in Armenia

Hovhannisyan praised Canada's influential voice in international organizations and stressed that Joly's visit had laid a strong foundation for deeper cooperation between Armenia and Canada. The opening of the Canadian Embassy in Yerevan and Canada's increased support for democratic reforms in Armenia indicate a strengthening bilateral relationship.



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