US ex-ambassadors to Armenia: Russian military base did not obstruct us
A conference on Armenia-US relations was convened in Washington D.C. The event brought together numerous people who crafted these relations over the past decades, reported Voice of America Armenian Service.
Ambassador of Armenia to the US, Grigor Hovhannissian, noted that Armenian-American relations have an age-old history, which is a lot longer than the 25-year history of Armenia-US diplomatic relations.
In response, Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eura...
Azerbaijan Employs Four Lobbying and PR firms
California Courier publisher Harut Sassounian published an article in Asbarez where he notes that after identifying the lobbying and PR firms hired by the government of Turkey, it can time to report on four similar firms hired by Azerbaijan.
By observing Azerbaijan’s devious approach to foreign relations, I have noticed the following pattern:
1. Whatever actions Armenian-Americans take for their causes, Azerbaijan seeks to emulate and counter them in the United States through its hired c...
It's Obvious What the Governance System Is and Will Be
Lragir.am has been Interviewed the Member of Parliament Vardan Bostanjyan, Tsarukyan Faction.
Mr. Bostanjyan, the economists say this government’s program shows that this is a government that lives for the day. In fact, is this government for the next five years or not?
At any rate, immersing oneself into it is not a rewarding experience, I think. It is obvious what our system of governance is and what it is going to look like. The high-ranking official uttered this at the parliament. No...
Azerbaijan Gave up on Azerbaijan
According to the Turkish media, the Turkish minister of economy Nihat Zeybekci visited Kars where he announced about free trade with Nakhijevan. According to him, the process of free movement of goods between Nakhijevan and Turkey is being worked out.
Zeybekci said trade will be conducted in Turkish lira, free trade will promote the development of the region of Kars. Earlier Turkish-Azerbaijani joint military exercise was held in Nakhijevan. The Turkish army has actual presence in Nakhijev...
168 Zham: Measures Armenia should take to lift visas with EU
To liberalize its visa regime with Europe, Armenia needs first of all to clarify the framework of its obligations, Boris Navasarydan, the coordinator of the Armenian National Platform of the EU Eastern Partnership program, said in recent comments to the paper.
“I think the list of our obligations will be finalized after the Armenia-EU visa liberalization dialogue is officially launched. It is an important stage before the transition to visa liberalization. Neither Armenia nor the European...
EU: “Honeymoon” between Armenia and GSP + regime is over
“Honeymoon” in the interaction of Armenia and GSP + regime is over, and we are now at the stage of “ marriage”, advisor on trade issues of the European External Relations Service, head of the first GSP + monitoring mission visiting Armenia Guus Houttuin said.
None of nine countries included in GSP + is perfect from this point of view, including Armenia, EU representative said.
As a result of various discussions, EU identified three worrisome problems in Armenia: lack of...
MP: Armenian government to bring defense into qualitatively new level
Armenian government will bring defense into a qualitatively new level, Armenian MP said in the parliament Thursday session during discussion of government's action plan for 2017-2022.
Koryun Nahapetyan, member of the Armenian National Assembly Standing Committee on defense, national security and legal affairs said large-scale reforms will be carried out to form a new defense system, taking into account the military and political realities.
“Taking long-term programs as a basis, we will p...
Chain's Complete: Last Step Will Be Taken Tomorrow
The National Assembly will discuss the program of the government. The economists have underlined several important things in it. First, it lacks numbers and forecasts, which means that the government avoid responsibility.
It states a 5% economic growth which is possible provided the inflation, experts say. In other words, this is a growth which is possible on its own.
In fact there is no clarity in any sector, including investments. Economists say the program does not clarify the “added ...
EU Ambassador: I do not need public statements to send messages to Armenia autho...
EU ambassador does not need public statements to send messages to the Armenian authorities, Piotr Switalski himself told reporters in Yerevan on Tuesday.
Commenting on the recent remarks made by justice minister Davit Harutyunyan and deputy speaker of the parliament Eduard Sharmaznov not to interfere with the domestic affairs of Armenia, Switalski first of all thanked the Armenians who supported the EU mission. There are many people in Armenia who believe the EU is doing a good job in the count...
Erdogan Slams US Move To Issue Arrest Warrants For Bodyguards
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the U.S. move to issue arrest warrants for 12 of his bodyguards linked with a brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington last month, reports Asbarez.com
Speaking at an iftar dinner in the capital Ankara on June 15, Erdogan said: “They have issued arrest warrants for 12 of my bodyguards. What kind of law is this?
“If my bodyguards cannot protect me then why am I bringing them to America with me?”
Erdogan also said the...
Babloyan: Armenian-Chinese relations will enter new phase of development
President of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia, Ara Babloyan, on Wednesday received Chinese Ambassador Tian Erlong.
First, he praised the current level of Armenian-Chinese relations, the NA informed Armenian News-NEWS.am. Also, the Armenian NA speaker underscored the role of parliamentary diplomacy in the development and deepening of bilateral relations. In this context, Babloyan expressed the hope that Armenian-Chinese relations will enter a new phase of development.
In his remarks, Ambas...
Tajikistan president arrives in Armenia, on 2-day visit
At the invitation of President Serzh Sargsyan, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday arrived in Armenia, on a two-day visit.
Rahmon was greeted at Zvartnots International Airport of capital city Yerevan by Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Along the lines of his trip, the Tajik president is scheduled to meet with the top leadership of Armenia, informed the Public and Media Relations Department of the Office of the President of Armenia.
Armenia to have independent body to fight corruption
An independent commission to combat corruption will be set up in Armenia.
The National Assembly on Friday passed the respective bill in the second and final reading.
The members of this commission will be dependent on the government, and the MPs will elect them for a six-year term.
Although the parliament and the government will not intervene in the running of this commission, the latter shall issue a report on its activities.
This commission will consider the official, property, and work et...
Official: Armenian delegation to PACE will be headed by Arpine Hovhannisyan
The Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be headed by Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly (NA) Arpine Hovhannisyan.
Deputy Speaker of the NA Eduard Sharmazanov told the aforementioned to Armenian News – NEWS.am on Thursday.
According to him, inter-political and domestic issues, as well as certain foreign policy issues were discussed at the session of the Supreme Body of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).