|Hu Jintao and His Armenian Counterpart Exchange Congratulatory Messages to Mark the 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations|
On April 6, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan exchanged congratulatory messages as the two nations celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The China-Armenia relationship has maintained a sound and smooth development over the past 20 years with ever deepening mutual understanding, as well as fruitful cooperation in trade, investment, communication, agriculture, technology and culture, said Hu. Bilateral exchanges in all areas and at various levels are expanding. All this has greatly enriched the connotations of China-Armenia traditional friendly relations. The two nations have also actively engaged in consultation and coordination on international and regional affairs, which has substantially protected their common interests, he added.
Hu said deepening China-Armenia friendly cooperative relations is a set policy of the Chinese government. The Chinese president also said China would like to take the anniversary as an opportunity to further consolidate the foundation for bilateral cooperation, strengthen political exchanges, and promote pragmatic cooperation so as to further step up bilateral ties.
For his part, Armenian President Sargsyan said the past 20 years have witnessed fruitful results of bilateral ties. With the joint efforts of the two countries, bilateral cooperation has been constantly increased in politics, trade, industry, technology, defense, culture, humanities, education and sports. Developing a friendly partnership with China has always been one of Armenia's diplomatic priorities, said Sargsyan, adding that his country speaks highly of China's principled position in safeguarding world peace. He said Armenia would like to continue to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with China within the framework of international organizations and promote bilateral ties to a new level for the benefit of the two countries and their peoples.
On the same day, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi also exchanged congratulatory messages with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.