On 1 December President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakyan visited the parliament of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay and met speaker of the House of Representatives Luis Lacalle, chair of its standing commission on foreign affairs Maria Elena Laurnaga, and a group of the House of Representatives and Senate members.
Issues related to life in the NKR, its foreign policy, development of the Artsakh-Uruguay relations and regional trends were discussed during the meeting.
President Sahakyan thanked Uruguay for continuous assistance shown to the Armenian people, adding that our people would never forget the fact that Uruguay was the first state in the world, which officially recognized the 1915 Armenian genocide.
According to Bako Sahakyan paths towards independence of Artsakh and Uruguay had a lot of things in common and it draws the two states closer to each other.
Touching upon the Azerbaijani-Karabagh conflict settlement process the President underlined that official Stepanakert is a proponent of peaceful settlement, which does not mean that Artsakh is unable to defend itself or there could be a possibility of return to the past.
The both sides expressed their interest in developing bilateral relations. President Sahakyan noted that cementing ties with Uruguay would have a positive effect on the maintenance of peace and stability in the region as well as on international recognition of the Artsakh Republic.
After the meeting the Head of the State accompanied by the Uruguayan parliamentarians visited the sepulcher of Uruguay national hero Jose Gervasio Artigas.
Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia in Argentine, Uruguay and Chile Vladimir Karmirshalyan, head of the central information department of the office of the Artsakh Republic President David Babayan partook at the meeting.
On the same day the NKR delegation returned to Buenos Aires.