Brussels, 24 November 2017
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I am very pleased to have signed the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement.
This new agreement will broaden the scope of our relations, in view of the global, political and economic interests we share and challenges we want to face together.
This agreement will bring concrete benefits to the people in Armenia and in the European Union. It will strengthen our cooperation in many different fields such as energy, transport and environment, and lead to increased mobility. It will also lead to an improved business environment and to new opportunities in trade and investments.
It is based on our common commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
This agreement is also the first of its kind, as it is concluded with a partner country which is at the same time a member of Eurasian Economic Union and in the Eastern Partnership.
It will now be important to implement it in full, so it can deliver its full benefits. We will work together on implementation and on monitoring the implementation we will bring forward.
The agreement also supports the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The European Union firmly believes that the conflict needs an early political settlement in accordance with the principles and norms of international law, and continues to fully support the mediation efforts and related proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in this context.
Thank you very much for the work we have done so far. And let's wish for the best for the work that is still ahead of us.
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