The Prime Minister delivered a speech at the 18th summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends the 18th summit of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Djerba, Republic of Tunisia. Armenia has chaired the organization for the past four years.

At the start of the event, Tunisian President Kais Saied and Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo welcomed the countries’ leaders, including Prime Minister Pashinyan. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and leaders of dozens of other member states of the organization are attending the summit.

Then, a video recording ceremony of the summit participants took place, immediately after which the summit began.

In his speech, Prime Minister Pashinyan said:

“Your Excellency, Honorable President Kais Saied,
Dear Colleagues, Heads of State and Government,
Heads of delegations,
Madam Secretary General of La Francophonie,
Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all, I would like to express my satisfaction to be here in Djerba, Tunisia, in such an intimate and appreciated French-speaking environment.

I thank President Saied and the Tunisian people for organizing such an important meeting and for showing such warm hospitality.

By holding this Francophonie summit for the first time in Tunisia, we pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of La Francophonie, President Habib Bourguiba.

Excellencies, dear colleagues,
Madam Secretary General of La Francophonie,

Four years have passed since the last summit of La Francophonie held in Yerevan, an exceptionally long period of the current presidency, which the Republic of Armenia has, however, fulfilled with honor, unconditionally implementing all the commitments made.

I would like to thank the Secretary General of La Francophonie, dear Louise Mushikiwabo, for managing our organization so effectively during this process, as well as for the quality relationships that have been established. I am happy that we were able to work together in perfect harmony.

I would also like to salute his efforts to shape a new image of La Francophonie and make the OIF an organization resolutely turned towards the future with ambitions commensurate with the challenges facing the world.

The world has been subjected to major upheavals in recent years. The horrible Covid-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, the resumption of wars and their consequences on the world’s food and energy supply have profoundly marked the formation of a new international environment.

At the same time, the challenges identified have revealed the accuracy and relevance of the approaches and values ​​underlying our responses.

In the face of pandemics and urgent climate challenges, we must continue to promote stronger cooperation between countries, emphasizing the principle of solidarity. The latter should start from the principle that the programs and initiatives proposed can benefit the most vulnerable countries, as well as populations in situations of vulnerability.

Faced with the activation of hate speech and intolerance, we are today once again convinced of the relevance of the slogan of the Yerevan summit “Living together” and of the need to promote respect for human rights , equality and cultural diversity.

Finally, faced with the proliferation of crises and conflicts, we salute the commitment of La Francophonie to multilateralism, which guarantees the existence of an international system based on law and respect for the sovereignty of States.

In recent times, unfortunately, we have to note that the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations have been violated, in particular the principle of not using force against the territorial integrity of any country, on which our security is based collective base, thus gradually imposing the Law of the Strongest.

The aggression carried out by Azerbaijan, of which the Republic of Armenia was the victim on September 13 and 14, is a vivid manifestation of this reality.

The completely unjustified and unprovoked aggression of Azerbaijan led to the occupation of part of the Armenian territories, causing death and suffering to the civilian population and causing considerable destruction.

The established ceasefire, however, has not yet put an end to the ambitions of this country for the other territories of Armenia.

Faced with new threats, we expect the international community to draw up a fair assessment of the situation in which our country finds itself today, condemning the occupation of certain parts of the Armenian territory and demanding the return of the forces Azerbaijani forces to their initial positions.

Armenia, for its part, is firmly committed to contributing to the process of concluding a peace treaty with Azerbaijan, as well as guaranteeing the rights and security of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Excellencies, dear colleagues,
Madam Secretary General of La Francophonie,

Armenia, as the current President of the Francophonie Summit, has consistently pursued its activities within the framework of the Francophone call of Yerevan to live together, initiating the resolution on living together during the Covid-19 pandemic, which was adopted in November 2020 by the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie Conference.

Our country has carefully pursued the activities of La Francophonie in the digital and economic fields and the significant progress made under the leadership of the Secretary General. In this respect, we expressed our gratitude to the OIF for its efforts in favor of the development of economic cooperation between the different regions of the Francophonie.

I would also like to underline the importance of the declaration to be adopted on the French language, which will become a significant document on the French language, devoting its role in unifying all French-speaking countries.

Finally, Armenia has accompanied and supported the Secretary General in the implementation of these reforms, and it is good that our organization is now working on the implementation of the roadmap based on the major priorities of La Francophonie and implemented within a reaffirmed and new strategic framework .

Armenia is convinced that this declared universal aspiration will ensure the recognition of La Francophonie at the international level, as well as the dissemination of its values ​​and ideas, to which my country continues to remain deeply attached.

Excellencies, dear colleagues,
Madam Secretary General of La Francophonie,

To conclude my speech, I would like once again to express my gratitude to the Secretary General for her availability and involvement.

It is now time for me to hand over to you, Mr. President, the presidency of the Francophonie Summit, wishing you every success.

Thank you for your attention”.

After the speech, the presidency of the International Organization of La Francophonie was transferred from Armenia to Tunisia, with a symbolic handshake ceremony between the Armenian Prime Minister and the Tunisian President.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

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