Italian foreign minister says Karabakh conflict should be settled through the OSCE Minsk Group

Armenia's Foreign Minister Ararat Mirozyan (right) with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio

By Emilio Luciano Cricchio

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio paid a working visit to Armenia on April 3, during which he stated that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be achieved under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

The OSCE Minsk Group is a body set up in 1992 to work towards and encourage a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Di Maio arrived in Armenia after a visit to Azerbaijan, where he held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev

While in Armenia, Di Maio held meetings with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Parliamentary Speaker Alen Simonyan.

During talks with Pashinyan and Mirzoyan, strengthening cooperation in the economic sphere, especially in the energy and infrastructure sectors were discussed. Di Maio called for “drastic steps” to be taken to increase trade turnover between Armenia and Italy. The deepening of ties in the fields of education and culture were also discussed.