Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during a conversation with Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturian, commented today, February 10, on the dispatch of aid to Turkey and Syria after the devastating earthquake earlier this week.
“A very big catastrophe has happened, and to be indifferent to all this would by no means be understandable. Moreover, in the context that I noted in my New Year’s address – if we want to ensure the longevity of our state, we must work to change the quality of our relations in many areas, and first of all, in our region,” Pashinyan said, noting that in any case, both Armenia and its neighbors will continue to live in the same region.
At the same time, Yerevan understands that not everything in relations with its neighbors depends only on Armenia.
“The question is in which direction we want to put our efforts,” Pashinyan stressed.
The President of the parliamentary republic, in turn, highly appreciated the fact that Pashinyan expressed condolences to Ankara in connection with the earthquake and ordered the prompt dispatch of assistance to Turkey and Syria.
“In both countries it was appreciated, in Syria it received a special assessment,” Khachaturian stated.
Armenia could not act otherwise, as the wounds of the 1988 Spitak earthquake are still fresh in memory. In addition, one cannot be indifferent when such a disaster occurred in neighboring countries, the head of the Armenian state said.
As reported EADaily, last Wednesday, two groups of Armenian rescuers flew from Yerevan to Syria (29 people) and Turkey (27) to provide assistance in the disaster zone after the devastating earthquake. In the Arab Republic, they deployed their mission in Aleppo, in Turkey – in the southeastern city of Adiyaman.