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French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna stated on a go to to Armenia on Tuesday that Paris agreed to deliver military equipment to the small South Caucasus nation.

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Colonna travelled to Armenia after Azerbaijani forces final month swept by the breakaway area of Nagorno-Karabakh and secured the give up of Armenian separatist forces that had managed the mountainous area for many years.

“France has given its agreement to the conclusion of future contracts with Armenia which will allow the delivery of military equipment to Armenia so that it can ensure its defence,” she advised reporters after talks that she stated touched upon safety and defence.

France’s high diplomat declined to present any particulars.

“I can’t give many details. If I have to go a little further, know that there are things that were already agreed between Armenia and France and that are in progress,” Colonna stated.

“There is a second category of things that we can do with Armenia,” she added, noting that each nations didn’t search an escalation within the area.

France, which has a big Armenian diaspora, has historically helped mediate the decades-old territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Karabakh.

Colonna additionally met with burn victims, a lot of them injured by a gas depot explosion final month within the breakaway enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, in a hospital in Yerevan.

“You can count on our continued support,” Colonna stated after the go to, promising that France would deal with 4 victims who could be flown out this weekend.

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“I’m honoured that our country is your closest, and perhaps most loyal, friend,” she advised reporters.

Armenian Health Minister Anahit Avanesyan stated: “This humanitarian support, this human support, is very important.”

More than 100,000 refugees have fled Karabakh to Armenia since an Azerbaijani military offensive there final month.

During the exodus, an enormous explosion on the outskirts of the insurgent stronghold of Stepanakert killed 170 folks and injured lots of extra.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AFP)