During a working visit to Paris, Armenian media reported that Acting Prime Minister Nicole Pashinyan called France a G1 ally for Armenia. “In all difficult times, Armenia was supported by the deputies of friendly France, both the Senate and the National Assembly,” Pashinyan said at a meeting with the chairman of the French National Assembly, Richard Ferrand. Pashinyan also stated that “naturally, we are interested in increasing France’s presence in Armenia,” and stressed the need to strengthen the economic component between the countries. During the meeting, Ferran, in turn, noted that it is important for his country to develop long-term relations with Armenia and expand the range of cooperation. He reminded that “in difficult times for Armenia, France has always supported its Armenian colleagues.” Pashinyan, who is in Paris today, will go to Belgium on June 2, where talks with European Council President Charles Michel are scheduled. The meeting also includes a meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Croix.