On September 26 in Houston, Edward Nalbandian, foreign minister of Armenia, visited the Baker Institute for Public Policy, where he delivered a lecture on the challenges of the South Caucasus.
The meeting, attended by students, leading experts and scientists, representatives of business sector, and heads of the consular corps accredited in Houston, was hosted by Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the director of the institute.
In his remarks, Foreign Minister Nalbandian presented Armenia’s path forward during 25 years of independence as well as the country's foreign policy priorities, stance on regional issues and ways to resolve them.
The foreign minister also briefed in detail the current stage of the settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, described the agreements reached during the Vienna and St. Petersburg meetings, and Azerbaijan’s efforts to backtrack the implementation of the results of those meetings. In addition, he spoke about Armenia’s initiatives in the international arena aimed at preventing genocide; the country's involvement in various international institutions; its participation in the peacekeeping operations of different countries under the UN mandate; and Armenia’s cooperation with a number of international organizations. He then touched upon the consequences of the Syrian crisis, migration flows and the situation in the Middle East. After his presentation, the foreign minister answered a number of questions from audience members.
The Foreign Ministry of Armenia provided a video of Edward Nalbandian's visit to the Baker Institute: