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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Republic of Armenia.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The anniversary of 20 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Armenia was one of the reasons why I decided to visit Armenia on 17-19 September. The current state of bilateral relations between the UK and Armenia is good, but it could be developed further. I particularly see opportunities to develop our commercial relationship, as Armenia works towards further modernisation and reform of its economy, where there are a number of mutually beneficial opportunities, for example, in the mining industry. I am also very supportive of the plans to take a trade mission of British companies to Armenia (and Georgia) in November this year.

Not only does this year mark 20 years of diplomatic relations, but also 10 years of the British Council in Armenia. This year saw a record number of Armenian students coming to study in the United Kingdom.

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