YEREVAN: Armenia and India hang on to enhancing strategic and security relationships in order to strengthen their cooperation to work against Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan and to support atrocities in Indian Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
As per reports, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Armen Grigoryan said “Yerevan is ready to bring the Armenian-Indian cooperation to a qualitatively new level for the benefit of the two countries and peoples”. This he said at a reception on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Indian Independence Day on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Grigoryan pointed to the activation of the Armenian-Indian intergovernmental commission and the holding of a business forum in the near future. Promising, he said, is cooperation between the two countries in the field of information technology, defense, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, tourism, education, culture and others.
In addition, Armenia is closely following the active participation of India in the project of the North-South international transport corridor and its plans for the development of the Chabahar port.
Grigoryan stressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Armenia and India have managed to turn centuries-old friendly relations into a close interstate partnership based on mutual respect and trust.
He noted with regret that due to the pandemic and the war in Karabakh, many projects remained unfulfilled.
“It is obvious that we still have a lot to do to realise the untapped potential of bilateral cooperation in the political, military, economic, business, cultural and educational spheres,” said Grigoryan.
Minister stressed that Armenia has always supported India in the IIOJK. Our country also highly appreciates the address statements of the Indian authorities in connection with the war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh, the attraction of foreign fighters to the region, as well as the encroachment on the borders of Armenia.
To look back on India-Armenia relations, they are jointly functional against Pakistan-Turkey and Azerbaijan alliance and had a common security center to share intelligence information and combat terrorist activities in the region. Moreover, military drills and exercises (anti-terrorism training) encouraged between both armies. In addition to the Russian defense market Armenia is taking help from Indian defense industry to modernize its army with heavy weapons such as attack drones, multiple launch rocket systems and anti-tank guided missiles.
There are reports that Armenian organizations especially lobbying Baloch Diaspora to work against Pakistan while India is a firm supporter of the Baloch to work against Pakistan. Armenian lawmakers seeking to pass a bill condemning Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir and to damage Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan positions in the world.
Over the ongoing war after the Turkish-backed Azerbaijan liberated Karabakh recently, India fully expressed solidarity with Armenia and blamed Pakistan for giving logistical support to Turkey’s ambitions in South Caucasus and Western Asia and in between accusing Turkey for assisting Pakistan on Kashmir backing.
The rising cooperation of India and Armenia are clear motive of bringing unrest between the neighboring countries as they looking forward to utilize all human potential, dedication, talent for creative innovation, as well as commitment to cultural heritage and value system for building force against Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan.