FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY SECRETARY OF STATE BELIEVES THAT ARMENIA MIGHT JOIN EU IN 15 YEARS

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EREVAN, November 6 (RIA Novosti, Gamlet Matevosyan) -- Mr. Renaud Muselier, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the French Foreign Ministry believes that Armenia might become the EU member in 15 years. He met with speaker of the Armenian Parliament Artur Bagdasaryan, who is currently on an official visit to France.

Officials at the public relations department of the Armenian Parliament told RIA Novosti that Mr. Muselier also stressed the importance of integration of Armenia in European structures in the framework of the EU program "Enlarged Europe: new neighbors."

In his turn, Mr. Bagdasaryan pointed out that all countries must have similar EU membership criteria, emphasizing the inadmissibility of the double-standard policy.

The participants of the talks discussed the possibility of French technical aid to Armenia, the creation of the House of Friendship with France in Armenia, which might become a coordinating link in the implementation of scientific, cultural, trade and economic programs of cooperation between more than 20 twin-cities of the two countries.

The Armenian community in France numbers about 300,000 people.

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