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Pashinyan, Aliyev will not avoid each other during general events
2019-01-23 15:50:17

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed not to avoid each other, whenever they attend the same events.

“We have agreed not to avoid each other and exchange a couple of words, when we come across each other during general events,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashnyan said, commenting on his recent meeting with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 22.

“This was my third meeting with Ilham Aliyev, and none of them has been preplanned,” Pashinyan said.

He said Tuesday’s meeting was arranged by organizers of the World Economic Forum.

“The organizers of Davos asked us whether we would mind meeting and holding a discussion.  We both said we wouldn’t,” the Armenian PM said.

He added, however that the meeting was informal and should not be treated as a start of official negotiations.

“During all three meetings we have discussed the history of the negotiation process. Of course, we also discuss the opportunities, the perspectives of and obstacles to the settlement of the conflict,” Nikol Pashinyan said.

“We have not considered any concrete detail. This is an opportunity to exchange views and get to know each other’s approaches to the negotiation process,” he added.