President Serzh Sarkisian Receives South African Republic’s New Amba


May 20, 2008

YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS: Andres Venter, South African Republic’s
new ambassador to Armenia (seated in Kiev, Ukraine), handed today
his credentials to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian.

The presidential press service told Armenpress that the president
congratulated the new ambassador on his new appointment noting that
Armenia emphasizes development of relationships with African continent
countries and with the South African Republic in particular.

Serzh Sarkisian assessed highly South African Republic’s balanced
position over a set of Armenia-related issues within international

The new ambassador said he noticed many issues in the Armenian
government’s program which are peculiar also to his country. He said
having similar issues helps countries to better understand each other
and it may serve also as a good basis for future cooperation.

In President Serzh Sarkisian’s opinion, if there are common approaches,
there should be common interests and common edges of cooperation. In
this sense he stressed the importance of mutual visits and exchange
of diverse information between the two countries, which will allow
to outline the areas of possible cooperation.

According to the Armenian president, the small Armenian community
in the South African Republic may serve as a unique link between the
two countries.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS