September 21, 2016 - 13:41 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama, French leader Francois Hollande, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated President Serzh Sargsyan on the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence on Wednesday, September 21.
“On behalf of the United States, I congratulate you and the people of Armenia as you celebrate 25 years of independence this September 21,” Obama said in his message.
“The United States has been a steadfast partner of Armenia from the first days of its independence. We remain committed to the promise of those early years, when Armenians proudly raised their tricolor flag for the first time since 1920. Today, we again affirm our belief that a secure, prosperous, and democratic Armenia is essential for the security for the Armenian people and for the region more broadly.
“We thank Armenia for its support of our shared goals, particularly its response to the Syrian refugee crisis and its contributions to global peacekeeping operations and nuclear security. We will continue to work together to help Armenia realize its full potential.
“I wish you and the people of Armenia all the best as you celebrate 25 years independence,” the U.S. President’s congratulatory message says.”
Hollande said, in turn, that Armenia can be proud of the path covered during 25 years of independence, where it often met with numerous challenges and a difficult regional environment. He expressed confidence that the people of Armenia will be able to continue with their efforts toward stability, democracy and development.
“As you may know, our historically deeply-rooted relations are dear to me. Rest assured, Mr. President, I will advocate and support any link that binds our two countries,” the French leader said.
Also, he reaffirmed his commitment to finding a fair and lasting settlement to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, expressing readiness to host a meeting in Paris with a view to consolidating the ongoing peace process and discussing measures for the advancement of this extremely lengthy conflict.
According to Xi, during the past 25 years of independence, Armenia has achieved significant success in various fields.
“Attaching great importance to the development of relations between China and Armenia, I stand ready to join our efforts toward advancing bilateral ties and cooperation in all areas to achieve new progress to the benefit of our countries and peoples.”
President Xi wished prosperity to Armenia and happiness to its people.
Also congratulating Armenia was President Putin, who said that “deeply rooted in history, relations between Armenia and Russia are developing in the spirit of strategic partnership, enriched with promising projects in different sectors and that it is largely facilitated by our States’ integration-driven close cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union, CSTO and CIS.”
“I am convinced that aimed at addressing urgent issues of regional and international relevance, through joint efforts we will provide for the development of the whole complex of strategic relations and constructive cooperation. This undoubtedly is in the best interest of the fraternal peoples of our two countries,” Putin says in his message.