Greek FM begins working visit to Yerevan with visit to Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum

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The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has started his visit to the Armenian capital of Yerevan by visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Armenian Genocide Museum.

"Starting my visit in Armenia, I paid tribute and laid flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. I also visited the museum," Nikos Dendias said on Twitter.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Dendias would pay a working visit to Armenia today

“The meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Greece will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia on October 16,” the statement said, adding that the meeting will be followed with a joint press conference by the two Foreign Ministers.

“Within the framework of the visit, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will be received by Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and President Armen Sargsyan,” the statement added.

On September 30, just three days after the Turkish-sponsored Azerbaijani invasion attempt of Artsakh began, the Greek Foreign Ministry released a statement saying a Greek diplomatic visit to the Armenian capital of Yerevan “is imminent,” as reported by Greek City Times.

This also comes as tensions between Athens and Baku is permeating, with Greece last week recalling its ambassador from Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani’s reciprocating this move just a day later.

Azerbaijan with Turkish-backing renewed its aggression against the Armenian-majority region of Artsakh, which although is recognized as a part of Azerbaijan internationally, achieved de facto independence after a decisive victory in 1994 during their War of Independence.