Greek Foreign Minister Gerapetritis visits Armenia to strengthen relations, visit genocide memorial

YEREVAN — In a significant move to fortify bilateral relations, Greek Foreign Minister George Gerapetritis embarked on a visit to Armenia. During his visit, he engaged in crucial meetings with Armenian officials and paid respects at the memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Addressing the press during a joint conference with his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, Gerapetritis reiterated Greece’s commitment to bolstering ties with Yerevan. He highlighted the intention to deploy the European Union monitoring mission in Armenia as part of their collaborative efforts.

Expressing his delight at visiting Yerevan for the first time, Gerapetritis conveyed Athens’ eagerness to deepen the relationship between the two nations. Mirzoyan reciprocated the sentiment, acknowledging the richness of the bilateral agenda between Armenia and Greece across various sectors. He underscored the significance of Gerapetritis’ visit.

The officials outlined plans for mutual visits and events throughout the year in diverse sectors, reflecting the commitment to fostering comprehensive cooperation. Mirzoyan extended gratitude to Gerapetritis for his support in advancing relations between Armenia and the European Union.

Following the press conference, the Greek Minister visited the memorial in Yerevan dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The solemn occasion served as a poignant reminder of the atrocities committed by the Ottomans in 1915, resulting in the loss of millions of innocent lives from the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), Armenian, and Greek communities. The visit to the memorial further underscored the shared historical consciousness and the importance of acknowledging and honoring the victims of such tragic events.