Iranian MPs visit Armenia

A delegation of Iranian lawmakers left Tehran for Yerevan on Wednesday morning for talks on strengthening Iran’s ties with neighboring Armenia, Tasnim news agency reports.

The six-strong team of Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group will stay in the South Caucasus country for four days.

Two Christian Iranian lawmakers, an Armenian and an Assyrian, are among the parliamentarians visiting Armenia.

The delegation is going to hold talks with high-ranking Armenian officials to explore avenues for the enhancement of relations between Iran and its northwestern neighbor.

Iran’s parliament has in recent months intensified measures to strengthen ties with parliaments of the other countries, following President Hassan Rouhani’s announcement that his administration will adopt the policy of constructive interaction with the world.

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