Armenia–Pakistan relations

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Armenia-Pakistan relations
Map indicating locations of Armenia and Pakistan



Armenia–Pakistan relations refers to international and bilateral relations between Armenia and Pakistan. Due to Pakistan's close ties with Turkey and Azerbaijan, relations with Armenia are poor. Pakistan is the only country that does not recognize Armenia as a state.[1][2]

The main issues are the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Armenian irredentist claims against Turkey.[3] The Nagorno-Karabakh region is mainly populated with ethnic Armenians after war, but is not recognised by any nation (except Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria, which too lack the recognition of most nations) as being de jure inside the borders of Azerbaijan. Pakistan had supported Azerbaijan during and after the Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Due of its close relations with Armenia's adversaries, Turkey and Azerbaijan, Pakistan is one of few countries to recognize the Khojaly Massacre, allegedly carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijani people, as genocide.[4] Being the second country after Turkey to recognize Azerbaijan, Pakistan has close relations with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan supports Pakistan's stand on the Kashmir conflict. Because of the perceived pro-Azerbaijan and pro-Turkey policies by Pakistan, Armenia developed friendly relations with India, and supports the Indian position on the Kashmir conflict.[5]

At the end of 2016, Armenian-Pakistan relations deteriorated and Armenia has reportedly vetoed Pakistan’s observer bid in the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Parliamentary Assembly.[6][7][8]

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