French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna announced on Sunday that she would visit Armenia on Tuesday, where she will "reaffirm the France's support for Armenia's sovereignty and territorial integrity." "I'll be going to #Arménie on Tuesday," she said in a short message posted on X (formerly Twitter).
The minister "will reiterate on this occasion the commitment of the France alongside Armenia" and "reaffirm the support of the France to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Armenia and its extreme vigilance with regard to the respect of these," said the Quai d'Orsay in a written statement.
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The head of French diplomacy, who had already visited Armenia on April 28, will be received by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. "She will then go with her counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, to Armenian refugees who fled Nagorno-Karabakh after the military offensive launched by Azerbaijan on September 19 and nine months of illegal blockade (of the Lachin corridor), under the complicit gaze of Russia," the ministry added. Catherine Colonna will study in particular "with the Armenian authorities the concrete modalities of strengthening our cooperation in all fields".
600 dead and more than 100,000 refugees
The minister announced this week that she would increase aid to Armenia to €12.5 million. "Emergency medical aid was also handed over to the Armenian authorities on 29 September, in particular for the treatment of refugees and victims of the explosion of a fuel depot in Nagorno-Karabakh on the evening of 25 September."
Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh capitulated last week in the face of a lightning offensive by Azerbaijan that left nearly 600 dead in its wake. Since then, more than 100,000 Armenians from this mountainous region under Azerbaijani sovereignty have fled and found refuge in Armenia.