Consultation held at RA Ministry of Diaspora

On October 11, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan chaired a consultation at the RA Ministry of Diaspora. Among the participants were Advisor to the Minister Stepan Petrosyan, as well as representatives of the Department for Armenian Communities of CIS countries, the Department for Relations with the Near Diaspora and the Department of Media and Public Relations.

The participants of the consultation discussed the implementation of the Days of Armenia in Russia Program to be held from November 1 to December 1.

The representatives presented the 107 events and initiatives that will be held in almost all the regions of the Russian Federation within the framework of the Program.

The Minister assigned to organize the activities in a more coordinated and consistent manner and through cooperation with Armenian communities and community organizations.

The Minister gave new assignments and designated correspondents.

Diaspora Minister receives Swiss-Armenian businessman Mike Baronian and Tigran Hakhverdyan

On October 11, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received Swiss-Armenian businessman, President of the Armenia-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce Mike Baronian and Executive Director of AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG Tigran Hakhverdyan.

The Minister praised their pro-national activities and stated that the Ministry of Diaspora has undertaken the Support to Bordering Villages Program through which various organizations and individuals of the Armenian Diaspora sponsor any bordering village of Armenia or Artsakh and help solve the socio-economic and other numerous issues of the particular village. “I am glad that you helped capitally renovate and furnish the kindergarten in the Aygehovit village of Tavush Province and are now renovating the medical clinic in Aygehovit that also provides services to the residents of nearby villages,” the Minister emphasized.

The guests presented the activities of AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG in Armenia and added that 60 Armenian scholars and doctors are hired by the Society. “We mainly export our products and hope to see growth of our products year after year. This will help create new jobs,” Mike Baronian stated.

Attaching importance to the fruitful efforts of the businessmen aimed at making investments in Armenia, the Minister also touched upon the nearly 30-year activities of the Help Armenia Charitable Organization in Armenia, the representative of which is Mike Baronian. “Established in the wake of the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, the Help Armenia organization has carried out numerous charity programs in Armenia and continues to develop and implement other helpful initiatives,” the Minister added.

Issues on showing Diaspora Armenian businessmen the attractiveness of investments in Armenia and spreading the word about the successful attempt of AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG were discussed during the meeting.

Artavazd Peleshyan, Nara Shlepchyan, Razmik Davoyan and Ralph Yirikian named Honorary Citizens of Yerevan

During its October 11 extraordinary session chaired by Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margaryan, the Council of Elders of Yerevan approved the proposal of the mayor, that is, the draft decision on granting the title of “Honorary Citizen of Yerevan” to film director, People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia Artavazd Peleshyan on the occasion of the 2,799th anniversary of Yerevan and for his significant contributions to the development of Armenian cinematography, outstanding merit and prolific and longstanding career.

The Department of Public Relations at Yerevan Municipality reports that, by another decision of the Council of Elders, on the occasion of the 2,799th anniversary of Yerevan, taking into consideration the significant contributions to Armenian television, longstanding merit and prolific activities, the title of “Honorary Citizen of Yerevan” has also been granted to announcer, People’s Artist of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic Nara Shlepchyan.

On the occasion of the 2,799th anniversary of Yerevan, taking into consideration the significant contributions to Armenian literature, outstanding merit and longstanding career, the Council of Elders considered and approved the draft decision on granting the title of “Honorary Citizen of Yerevan” to poet, public figure Razmik Davoyan.

By another decision of the Council of Elders, the title of “Honorary Citizen of Yerevan” was also granted to General Manager of VivaCell-MTS Ralph Yirikian for his significant contributions to economic development, for his active efforts in Yerevan and on the occasion of the 2,799th anniversary of Yerevan.

Legendary actor John Malkovich to present excerpt from “Book of Lamentations” at Yerevan concert

The 5th Aram Khachaturian International Festival kicks off today in Yerevan. World famous American actor, producer, film director and scriptwriter John Malkovich will perform with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, headed by conductor Sergey Smbatyan.

The Hollywood star will offer the audience to taste “Report on the Blind” chapter from Ernesto Sabato’s “On Heroes and Tombs” novel jointly performed with the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Alfred Schnittke, one of the most eminent musical figures of the second half of the 20th century. The soloist pianist is Anastasya Terenkova.

John Malkovich has prepared a surprise specially for the Armenian audience, the festival reported in a Facebook post. He will present an excerpt from the “Book of Lamentations” poem by Gregory of Narek during the concert.

Cross-stone to be placed in Volgograd in memory of 10,000 Armenians fallen near Stalingrad

On October 12, a cross-stone will be placed in Volgograd in memory of the Armenians who fell in the Battle of Stalingrad. The cross-stone will be placed at Mamayev Kugan (the memorial complex dedicated to those who died near Stalingrad).

The cross-stone will be consecrated by Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Russia and New Nakhichevan, Archbishop Yezras, writes Rusarminfo.

The solemn ceremony will feature performances of the Russian and Armenian national anthems by the Guard of Honor and a military orchestra.

The monument is being placed in memory of the 10,000 Armenians who died near Stalingrad.

As a result of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Soviet army destroyed the units of Germany’s 6th army and the 8th division of the Italian army. During the decisive battles, 1.5 million soldiers of the enemy’s army were killed and over 90,000 servicemen were held in captivity in the course of 20 days. Germany declared a national mourning for the first time since the start of the World War.

Grigor Shamvelyan: “It is the duty of the soul of all Armenians to help the soldiers having defended and defending Artsakh’s borders and their families”

 Diaspora Armenians and Armenian communities continue to provide assistance to Artsakh, wounded soldiers and the families of deceased soldiers, the needy residents and schools of Artsakh’s villages through the “What are YOU doing for Artsakh?” pan-Armenian movement launched by the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia last year. The members of the Armenian community of Novomikhailovka in the Tuapse District of Krasnodar territory of the Russian Federation also make their notable contribution to this pro-national act. I sat down for an interview with the community’s leader Grigor Shagmelyan, active member Artur Harutyunyan and freedom fighter during the first Artsakh war, founding commander of the “Tigran Mets” regiment and now director of the Tigran Mets Armenian Special Military and Sport School of Armavir Koryun Ghumashyan, who collaborates with Shagmelyan and Harutyunyan. Hayern Aysor presents the interview to its readers.

Karine Avagyan: Dear compatriot, please, tell us how your community has helped and contributed to the “What are YOU doing for Artsakh?” pan-Armenian movement?

Grigor Shagmelyan: It is hard for me to talk about that and I even feel ashamed because I think it is the duty of the soul of each and every Armenian to help the families of the deceased and wounded soldiers who have defended and are still defending the borders of Artsakh and our country in general, as well as the disabled soldiers and servicemen. We do our best to help our army and stand by its side. Defending the country is our common task. We started carrying out our task during the years of the first Nagorno-Karabakh war.

Karine Avagyan: Mr. Shagmelyan, how do you send the financial assistance?

Grigor Shagmelyan: Our community has a council that discusses all the issues and makes decisions. I must say that all of the members are glad to make their contributions. We have sent an ambulance truck, medical accessories, an X-ray cabinet and a device for dialysis to our soldiers defending the borders of Artsakh…All of the communities of our region raised funds and transferred them to the leaders of the Armenian community of Krasnodar, and we received the rest of the information from them. We know that the necessary medical accessories and technologies were mounted in cars in Yerevan and sent to Artsakh.

Karine Avagyan: Have you ever been to Artsakh?

Grigor Shagmelyan: Unfortunately, I haven’t been there, but I feel great pity. I think I will visit soon. Although I haven’t been to Artsakh, I must say that we have sent the young people of our community to Artsakh where they have visited military units and interacted with Armenian soldiers.

Karine Avagyan: On what occasion are you visiting Armenia?

Grigor Shagmelyan: I am visiting Armenia on a great occasion. I have brought my grandson from Tuapse to be baptized at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. We will enjoy the autumn in Armenia and participate in the festive events dedicated to the anniversary of Yerevan. We have also met with your good friend, Koryun Ghumashyan who, as you already know, participated in the first Artsakh war during which he created and led a remarkable and heroic regiment. He is still fighting, even in the seemingly peaceful times. Ghumashyan works closely with us and does his best to help us. We have direct ties with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia. It would be better to have Koryun Ghumashyan present our activities.

Karine Avagyan: Well, Mr. Ghumashyan, please, tell us about everything that Mr. Shagmelyan kept silent about.

Koryun Ghumashyan: Yes, he actually organizes the activities wonderfully and is ashamed of talking about it. I found out that he had come to Yerevan to baptize his grandson. I met Shagmelyan and escorted him to the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia. He had never been to the Ministry since he also hadn’t been in Armenia for a long time. The relevant department of the Ministry referred us to the editorial office of Hayern Aysor online newspaper. The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia knows Shagmelyan very well since the activities of the community led by Shagmelyan are directly linked to the deceased and wounded soldiers and their families. The community had sent a Niva car to the “Aramazd” detachment of “Tigran Mets” regiment, and the car was parked at the positions. I must say that that car helped save human lives. When the soldiers were coming down from the military positions to see the car parked at a distance of 60 meters, the military position was bombarded…Later, that car was exchanged for a bigger car that helps transport the parents of the boys of Armavir serving in Artsakh to the military units to see their sons and return to their homes. Last year, in the wake of the Four-Day Artsakh War in April, our compatriots came and visited the home of hero Armen Hovhannisyan. They were introduced to the hero’s mother and relatives, and on that same day, they decided to organize the summer vacation of the mothers of our heroes in a coastal city. They quickly carried out this project, and 13 mothers spent their vacation at the coast of the Black Sea. This year, 15 disabled servicemen veterans of the Four-Day Artsakh War spent their two-week vacation near the sea in Novomikhailovka. Through the efforts of Grigor Shagmelyan’s community, the servicemen stayed in a seaside hotel, and all the expenses were covered by our compatriots. There are other plans for the future. In fact, the young person joining us, Artur Harutyunyan, who is one of the members of the Armenian community of Mikhailova, is actively involved in this effort. People with the same mindset gathered and continued the task that had already been launched. These people had been carrying out this pro-national act for the past three years. I joined them and came up with new ideas. The collaboration was wonderful. Our compatriots were awarded with medals and certificates of appreciation for their efforts, even though they work and do good deeds without any expectations. We have decided to create bridges of cooperation with various Armenian communities of the Diaspora in order to make sure every community ensures the best vacation for the boys and servicemen who fought and were wounded during the Four-Day Artsakh War. Why should the sons of oligarchs be the only ones to spend their vacation in the world’s best resorts and those servicemen never receive those benefits? I think this program will definitely bcome popular.

Karine Avagyan: Mr. Ghumashyan, you presented the activities of the Armenian community of Novomikhailova and its leader in so much detail that it seems as though there are no further questions and that the only thing left for me to do is to express my gratitude to you all, particularly Mr. Shagmelyan, the Armenian community of Novomikhailova and wish that you live in peace, that the final and just solution to the Artsakh issue is given through peaceful negotiations, that you never hear about an Armenian soldier dying or being wounded and that the Armenia-Diaspora-Artsakh triumvirate becomes one of the superpowers of the world.

Karine Avagyan


“I wanted to feel what it’s like to be an Armenian”-from Montreal to Armenia, from a film studio to TUMO Center for Creative Technologies

Alina Kocherian was born in 1988 in Montreal. Her parents moved from Egypt to Canada in the 1950s and 1960s. Six months ago, for the first time ever, Alina visited Armenia for about two months. Now, she has decided to settle in Armenia. Her parents are not too excited about their daughter’s decision since they believe that she won’t have a good future after leaving Canada for “backward” Armenia, but Alina is certain that her parents will change their minds when they come and get a feel of Armenia at least once.

“It’s a paradox. In a foreign country, Armenian parents teach their children Armenian and want them to preserve their Armenian identity, but when those children grow up and decide to live in Armenia, the parents go against them. It is very important for every Diaspora Armenian to see Armenia at least once. I am certain that the visit will make a Diaspora Armenian change his mind. If you haven’t been to Armenia, you have no idea of the reality, better yet, you know less than the reality.”

Alina came to Armenia to work as a volunteer for two months through the volunteer program of Birthright Armenia/Depi Hayk, but it hadn’t even crossed her mind that she would love Armenia so much that she would never want to go back to Canada. “I was supposed to go back in June, but I extended my trip to July. In July, I told my parents I would come in August. In August, I told them I had found a job and couldn’t come,” Alina says, laughing and then continues in a little more serious tone. “My parents were worried. The grandparents of Armenians went from Turkey to Egypt and then to Canada to ensure a better life for their children, and so my return to Armenia was a little awkward for my parents. Yes, Armenia is our homeland, but according to my parents, Armenia is a country that is a little backward.”

In any case, the parents have promised to visit their daughter in Armenia in the spring. Alina is certain that that visit will become of major significance for them.

Alina has trouble speaking in Armenian. She attended an Armenian Saturday school in Canada until the age of 12. She was also a member of a scouting organization of Homenetmen, but that was the only connection to Armenians and Armenian culture. After she turned 14, she became less engaged in community life, and the household language slowly became English, not Armenian.

Alina studied in the Department of Communication Studies and Documentary Production at Concordia University of Montreal. Upon graduation, she was immediately hired by a film studio that produces films for Hollywood. Alina worked here as a producion assistant for four years. She has participated in the shootings for famous films such as X-Men and The Walk, which is directed by the famous Robert Zemeckis. She has established contacts with Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and other famous Hollywood actors.

Later, she was hired by a video game development company. “I wanted to use other knowledge I had gained in advertising, marketing and social media.” After working for this company for two years, she felt the need for a change and decided that it was time to take a trip to Armenia.

Alina’s relatives, who had already been to Armenia through Depi Hayk’s program, helped Alina in her decision-making process since the young girl had never seen Armenia and had received more negative feedback than positive feedback about Armenia. “They were so inspired that they would tell me that the few months that they had spent in Armenia were the most interesting and effective period in their lives.”

On March 26, 2017, Alina arrives in Armenia. “I remember I was flying via Kiev. When I approached the plane that was boarding for Yerevan, there were so many Armenians talking loudly in Armenian around me, and this was so unusual for me. On the plane, an old woman, who was sitting next to me, asked me something in Eastern Armenian, but as you know, Eastern Armenian is a little different from Western Armenian. I wanted to help her, but couldn’t. I couldn’t understand what she was asking me,” Alina says, laughing.

After her arrival, Alina starts working as a volunteer at Bars Media Film Studio for four months. Alina admits that she has learned a lot because working for a film studio that produces Hollywood films is one thing, and working for an Armenian film studio is another thing since an Armenian film studio spends most of its time procuring funds. However, according to Alina, there is so much to shoot and so many stories in the sense of content. “Armenia is a land of numerous interesting stories that people can share,” she says.

What is it that connected Alina to the motherland so strongly in this short period of time?

“There is something in Armenia that you won’t find in Canada. The people here are simpler and more sincere, and there are no formalities. If you ask someone how he’s doing, he’ll tell you the truth. If he tells you he’s not well, he’ll  explain why he’s not well. People here are the way they are, and I needed this kind of a change. I’m glad that I made the decision to come to Armenia. If I had missed that opportunity, I might have never come. This was a very major period in my life. After all, I wanted to feel what it’s like to be Armenian. True, I still haven’t felt it completely, but I’m getting there,” she laughs.

However, there is one thing that concerns her, and that is the negative moods, especially those of taxi drivers. Alina says whenever a taxi driver learns that she moved from Canada to Armenia, he looks at her in awe and gets angry, asking her how she could have done such a wrong thing. But Alina was ready to become the ‘victim’ of taxi drivers since the representatives of Depi Hayk warn the volunteers right from the start that many people in Armenia, especially taxi drivers will try to say bad things about Armenia, but the volunteers shouldn’t pay attention to that and should simply look at Armenia with their own eyes.

Currently, Alina is working at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies. She admits that when she read about TUMO in Canada, she was very amazed and charmed, but couldn’t imagine that one day she would be waking up in the morning and rushing to TUMO as one of the employees of the organization.







Turkish film “Caravan 1915” removed from box offices

The film “Caravan 1915”, which is devoted to Armenia and the Armenians, is no longer in the box office in Turkey. According to the Turkish NTV, the decision on removing the film from the box office was announced by film’s screenwriter and director Ismayil Gyunes, who also stated that the reason for removal were the problems with distribution and the preconceived moods of movie theaters.

According to Gyunes, almost all the stages of film production were accompanied with problems, and now there are even problems with presenting the film.

Gyunes compared this attitude with censure, noting that it doesn’t matter if it is the government or a movie theater hindering screening of the film.

“The result is the same. It’s censure when a director is not allowed to show his film to the public. The person who does it does not matter at all,” the director stated, according to

The director complained that he had initially reached agreements with 54 movie theaters. Later, he barely managed to reach agreements with 84 movie theaters, but the film was supposed to be shown in at least 300 movie theaters.

He also touched upon the Turks’ lack of awareness of the topic, stating that only history scholars know about the issue.

Gyunes informed that he had conducted large-scale studies before production and had tried to present what happened 102 years ago based on those studies.

According to Gyunes’s studies, the Ottoman Empire spent 256,000,000 Kurush to organize the deportation of the Armenians when the Ottoman Empire was in poverty.

“If a government has a plan to annihilate a nation, it doesn’t need to spend that much money. The government developed a plan, established laws and regulations and declared that it would punish those who failed to act in accordance with those laws. For security considerations, people were moved from one sector of the Ottoman Empire to another in trains and on donkeys. We wanted to show the sufferings that they underwent during the deportations.”

The film’s director emphasized the fact that the decision to shoot the film “Caravan 1915” was made after the Armenian Genocide message that current President Recep Tayyib Erdogan conveyed during his term in office as Turkey’s Prime Minister.

According to the director, the film was created based on the idea of “just remembrance” (this is a phrase that shows the new manifestations in the recent policy of denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey and is aimed at stressing the fact that both Turks and Armenians suffered equally in 1915-ed.).

Karen Karapetyan receives President of Lydian International and International Investors Group

Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan received today a group of international investors, led by Lydian International President and CEO Howard Stevenson, who represent various companies, reported the press service of the Government of the Republic of Armenia to Hayern Aysor.

Prime Minister Karapetyan appreciated the investment program implemented by Lydian International in Armenia and noted that the Government of the Republic of Armenia will stand by investors as a partner in all those initiatives aimed at ensuring economic development and growth in employment. At the same time, the Premier stressed the importance of the environmental and social commitments assumed by the Company.

Karen Karapetyan briefed the investors on the current status and the prospects of Armenia’s economy, adding that today’s economic trends can be a good basis for ensuring a sustainable and lasting growth. At the same time, the Prime Minister urged the investors to consider Armenia as a good platform for entering the Eurasian and Iranian markets, given the favorable trade regimes available in our country.

Howard Stevenson said they have always tried to represent Lydian International as a good example and vivid evidence that Armenia can be a propitious business platform for international investors. He assured that all the commitments, social and environmental programs assumed by the Company would be implemented in accordance with the established timetable and added that both communities and the State should benefit from the program they have initiated.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Karapetyan answered the questions of interest to the investors that were mainly related to the Government’s reforms and the improvement of Armenia’s business environment.

CIS Council of Heads of State meeting kicks off in Sochi

The meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State started today in Sochi, attended by President Serzh Sargsyan, who earlier today arrived in the Russian Federation on a working visit. The meeting is presided over by Vladimir Putin, the President of the host country, reported the press service of the President of the Republic of Armenia to Hayern Aysor.

Issues related to the further development of cooperation in the political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres and other key areas of CIS activities will be discussed at the meeting.

In a narrow format, the Heads of State will exchange views on cooperation within the framework of the CIS. They will also discuss issues related to CIS presidency, as well as the date and venue of the next regular meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State.

The expanded meeting will focus on the joint efforts in economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, defense policy, external borders protection, countering terrorism, as well as the challenges arising from the Commonwealth’s adaptation to new realities.

CIS Executive Committee Chairman-Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev will present the outcome of discussions held in both narrow and extended formats. He will provide mass media with information on the documents signed at the meeting.

Later today, the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council is due to meet in Sochi.

Moneh Der Grigorian: “The Armenian School Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to participate in nation-building”

The Glendale-based Armenian School Foundation unconditionally supports Armenia and the Armenian people through its efforts and activities. For many years, the Foundation has been providing multilateral support to the schools and kindergartens of Armenia and Artsakh and has been helping make sure Armenian children go to school with more pleasure.

In an interview with Hayern Aysor, the Foundation’s President Moneh Der Grigorian talked about the Foundation’s activities and the programs that have been carried out.

Hayern Aysor: Mrs. Ter-Grigoryan, how was the Armenian School Foundation established?

Moneh Der Grigorian: It all started when Iranian-Armenian benefactor Levon Aharonian heard about a fire that had broken out at School #136 in the Kanaker-Zeytun District of Yerevan on television and decided to sponsor the renovation efforts. Later, he noticed that there are other Armenian schools in poor condition and in need of repair. For that purpose, he started touring different countries to organize fundraisers.

In 2003, we established the Armenian School non-profit foundation in Glendale, aspiring to create a safe and comfortable environment by providing the schools of the remote cities and borderline villages of Armenia and Artsakh with new classroom furniture and other accessories. Fortunately, over the years, the number of donor increased thanks to our supportive friends who trusted us. We also collaborate with various organizations in Armenia and international organizations.

To create jobs and resources for the people in Armenia, the furniture for schools is made in Armenia. The factory is located in Artashat, and thanks to this initiative, today, nearly 12-15 families are able to earn a living.

I must also mention that the Armenian School Foundation provided all the furniture to the ARS “Soseh” Kindergarten that opened in Stepanakert in September, except for the beds.

Hayern Aysor: How many staff members does the Foundation have?

Moneh Der Grigorian: Our team is not too big, but we all have a sense of responsibility and are well aware of the importance of the task that we have assumed.

The staff in Glendale consists of 11 people, and there are seven people working in Armenia. We are always in contact with the staff in Armenia. Throughout the year, we manage to help raise funds by organizing several profitable events, including painting exhibitions, New Year’s events and banquets. It is a little hard to collect the money, but we accomplish our mission by the end of the year.

Hayern Aysor: How would you sum up the past fourteen years?

Moneh Der Grigorian: First, I must say that the schools in borderline villages have mainly been in our focus over the past couple of years.

Throughout 2016, we provided school furniture and other necessary accessories to 15 schools in the Tavush Province. This year, we included 32 schools in the program. If I was asked to give an overall description, I would say that the Foundation’s large donators have helped provide new, colorful and multifunctional desks, chairs, blackboards, shelves, computer desks and hangers to 24,000 children in 260 schools and kindergartens and accessories for teachers costing roughly $1,345,584.

I must also mention the fact that we complete our activities by September 1 so that children start the new school year in a great mood.

Hayern Aysor: Do you notice the excitement of the residents of borderline regions and villages after completion of such activities?

Moneh Der Grigorian: I could notice the excitement right from the first visit. They are filled with hope. They understand that they are not alone and that they can rely on the people who are supporting them.

Every time, I have an indescribable feeling. I have peace of mind when I think that we can put smiles on the faces of wonderful children living in the borderline villages. After all, they are our future.

We must always remember that each of us can contribute to Armenia’s development with small tasks. In general, the Armenian School Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to participate in nation-building.

Hayern Aysor: During your visit to Armenia, you also had a meeting with Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Hranush Hakobyan. How would you assess the meeting?

Moneh Der Grigorian: I think it was an effective meeting. I would like to thank Hranush Hakobyan for the cordial reception. The Minister praised the Foundation’s activities and the plan to help schools of Armenia and Artsakh and provide them with furniture. She urged the Foundation to work more closely with the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia and continue to help solve the problems of borderline settlements in order to keep our borders strong and secure.

Armenian Ambassador attached importance to Canadian-Armenian community’s role in Armenia’s development

On October 10, the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Canada hosted an official reception dedicated to the 26th anniversary of  Independence of the Republic of Armenia and to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Canada, reported the press service of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Hayern Aysor.

Among the participants were clergymen, the ambassadors of nearly 15 countries accredited to Canada, high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, public and political figures, diplomats, leaders of Armenian community organizations, several Canadian-Armenians and journalists.

In his speech, RA Ambassador to Canada Levon Martirosyan addressed the achievements that the Republic of Armenia has made over the past 26 years and the obstacles it has overcome on the way. The Ambassador attached special importance to the role that the Armenian Diaspora and particularly the Armenian community of Canada have played in Armenia’s development over the past 26 years.

Emphasizing the fact that the year is unique in that it marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Canada, the Ambassador talked about the several events held and to be held on that occasion in Armenia and Canada and the latest developments of the bilateral relations. “Today, Armenian-Canadian relations are growing dynamically in the spheres of politics, economy, culture and other fields of mutual interest. We actively collaborate with several international organizations, particularly within the scope of the International Organization of La Francophonie,” the Ambassador stated in his speech.

The event featured performances of the works of proclaimed Armenian songwriters by pianist Marlen Bakmazian.

After the event, Ambassador Martirosyan gave an interview to the Armenian television program in Ottawa. In the interview, the Ambassador talked about the events dedicated to the 26th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia and the future developments of the relations between Armenia and Canada.

Meeting with doctors from the Fresno city

On 10 October Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan received a group of doctors having arrived from the Fresno city to provide charity medical treatment to our citizens.
A set of issues related to cooperation prospects in the healthcare field were on the discussion agenda.
The President was underlined with satisfaction that the visits of physicians from Fresno to Artsakh had become a good tradition, noting that cooperation with American doctors had positive impact on the quality of medicar in our country.
Artsakh Republic healthcare minister Karine Atayan, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia to Fresno Perch Abgaryan and other officials partook at the meeting.

Soldier shot dead by Azerbaijani gunfire at Armenian border

The Armenian defense ministry announced on Wednesday that serviceman of the RA Armed Forces, private Chaplin Armen Margaryan (born 1998) was killed by Azerbaijani fire on October 10 at a military unit located in the northeastern direction of the Republic of Armenia.

An investigation is underway for details of Margaryan’s death, the ministry said in a released statement.

“The Defense Ministry shares the grief of the loss and extends its condolences to the family members, relatives and fellow servicemen of the deceased soldier,” read the statement.

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