NEWSAmbassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
16.05.2017
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
 
On May 11, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Armenia Bernhard Matthias Kiesler, delivered a public lecture at the Russian-Armenian University (RAU) as the first guest speaker in the Ambassador Talks, a series of public lectures to mark the 20th anniversary of the University.
 
During his lecture, Ambassador Kiesler elaborated on Germany’s and EU’s foreign policies, their internal and external challenges as well as touched upon the regional developments. 
 
The Ambassador greeted the audience by saying how pleased he was to get to know a younger generation of Armenians and learn about their interests. Ambassador Kiesler started his speech with brief reflections on German history, emphasizing the importance of history in understanding the country’s policies. He concluded that in order to prevent wars, Germany must maintain good, steady relations with its neighbors. Germany has always been a supporter of a strong and united European Union. He particularly emphasized that the unity of EU had become even more vital in the face of the refugee crisis, Brexit and the war in Syria.
 
Mr. Ambassador went on to talk about the situation in the region, “We are interested in a peaceful and stable environment here, in the South Caucasus. We are very much interested to see one day a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; and we are also interested in improvement of the relations between Turkey and Armenia. Surely, we are as well interested in the improvement of the economic situation here. Stability is necessary for economic prosperity. Granted each country’s wellbeing is the responsibility of its government and society as a whole. Yet we could be supportive of Armenia on its way of becoming a better place.”
 
When asked about the lack of the German presence in Armenia, Mr. Ambassador emphasized that Germany had been involved in several projects for the benefit of Armenia in the areas of energy, infrastructure, e-government, and rural development.
 
RAU students also asked whether Armenia could become a bridge between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union. Ambassador Kiesler said, “In a way, it could be a bridge, at least in economic terms. I have always been opposed to the concept of ‘choose this or that’. In this sense, we understand the Armenian Government’s rationale for pursuing the relationship with Russia first and only then looking to improve the relationship with EU, as a complementary policy.
 
After the lecture, RAU students noted that meeting with the Ambassador was a great opportunity to ask questions on pressing matters and receive first hand feedback. Ambassador Kiesler in his turn expressed gratitude for the invitation and spoke highly of the students and their insightful questions.  
 
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Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
Ambassador Kiesler Met with RAU Students
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