Armenia completes its presidency of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).
On this occasion, the Secretary General of the Organization, the Rwandan Louise Mushikiwabo visited Armenia to take stock of the presidency and was received by the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian in Yerevan.
After their meeting, the Armenian Prime Minister and the Secretary General of the OIF made statements to the press. Nikol Pachinian said that Armenia attaches great importance to its membership in the International Organization of La Francophonie and praised the participation, role and level of his country within this important international organization.
“As you know, in 2018, Armenia assumed the presidency of the Organization for a two-year term during the Francophonie summit held in Yerevan, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 18th summit scheduled for 2020 has been postponed, and during that time, Armenia has continued to assume its presidency. We have assumed this important role with great responsibility and determination, however, I must regret that we had to cancel many of the programs approved at the Yerevan summit that we would have implemented due to the pandemic. We attach importance to the good organization and the holding of the next summit of the Organization. As the country that chairs the Organization of La Francophonie, Armenia plans to participate in the event at the highest level and make active efforts in drafting the documents to be adopted, ”Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said.
During their meeting, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the Secretary General of the OIF discussed a wide range of international and regional issues, with a particular focus on the theme of regional security and peace.
“We have attached particular importance to the solution of the humanitarian problems caused by the 44-day war, in particular the immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives, and we have emphasized the protection of historical, cultural and Armenian religious ” declared Nikol Paschinian, expressing Armenia’s gratitude to the Secretary General of the OIF for the moral support provided in the fall of 2020 during the Artsakh war.
“We are grateful for the solidarity that you, Madam Secretary General, have shown towards Armenia and the Armenian people,” said the Prime Minister of Armenia.
Nikol Pachinian also thanked the Secretary General of the OIF for having sent an observation mission to Armenia for the early parliamentary elections of June 20, 2021. According to him, this is the first case in which representatives of the family of the Francophonie travel to Armenia to observe the legislative elections.
“Armenia is ready to continue large-scale cooperation with the International Organization of La Francophonie, in particular in the teaching of the French language both in schools and universities, as well as among Armenian officials” he said adding that Armenia also supports the reforms proposed by the Secretary General.
The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) is an international institution created in 1970 and aimed at strengthening and promoting the French language and universal values. The organization has 54 full members, 7 Associate States and 27 Observer States. In 32 of these countries, the French language has the status of official language or second official language. The cumulative population of the countries involved in the OIF is 900 million inhabitants, of which 274 million are French-speaking. The countries involved in the OIF are spread over the five continents. It should be noted that more than a third of UN member states are members of this organization