UK minister for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs,
Alan Duncan MP visits Genocide memorial in Armenia
“We condemned Armenian massacres 100 years ago”
A delegation led by the United Kingdom Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alan Duncan MP visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan on Wednesday, 27th September. The guests laid flowers near the eternal fire to pay tribute to the 1.5 million innocent victims and observed a moment of silence.
Mr Duncan toured the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute (AGMI) and looked at the exhibits and photographic materials showcased inside. The minister then left a note in the book of memories.
At a news conference Mr Duncan said: “Great Britain condemned the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago. Today I visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and after laying a wreath, I visited the Genocide Museum-Institute. There are also British documents there” .
Before that the Minister of State congratulated Armenia for the constitutional referendum as a result of which the country decided to switch to a parliamentary system of government.
Mr. Duncan was speaking during his visit to Armenia where he met with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian. The two diplomats talked about joint efforts in the fight against terrorism as well as actions to increase trade volume between the two countries.
“The United Kingdom seeks to raise trade volumes in Armenia”, “We have a number of approaches and perspectives. Firstly, we look to work with the authorities of Armenia to increase trade flows to the country: to improve the business climate, which can attract investors”, “For this purpose, we have appointed a trade representative who will come to study the fields of future business opportunities” the UK Minister said.
Mr Duncan said that he had brought to Armenia the warm wishes of Prime Minister Theresa May, and an important message – that UK will leave the European Union but: “We shall continue playing an active role in the international arena through the UN, NATO, OSCE and will show a particular interest towards this region in issues referring to defense, security and trade,” Alan Duncan highlighted.