Lithuania supports reaching agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan – President




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. Lithuania supports reaching an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda said during the joint press conference with Armenian President Vahagn Khachaturyan in Yerevan.

This is the first visit of the Lithuanian President to Armenia. He said he is very impressed by the hospitality. He reminded that Lithuania was the first country to recognize the independence of Armenia in 1991.

“Since then we have supported your efforts, as well as your transition to democratic values. Lithuania supports the Eastern Partnership programs. Lithuania supports Armenia’s integration to the European family”, he said, adding that they are presenting a broad framework in the Armenia-EU relations.

The Lithuanian President also welcomed the efforts of the Armenian government particularly in the justice system. “We want you to continue this path of democracy that will lead to your socio-economic development”, he said.

Gitanas Nausėda also touched upon the issue of the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. “Lithuania supports reaching an agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan”, he said, stating that the efforts of the President of the European Council Charles Michel are also directed to this.

He said in the morning he had a chance to lay flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. “This is something that should never happen again on this earth”, Gitanas Nausėda said.

Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, the Lithuanian President said freedom is highly important for the entire democratic world, adding that it is necessary to support Ukrainians with all means.

The President of Lithuania expressed confidence that his visit will contribute to the deepening of the relations between Armenia and Lithuania, and the peoples of the two countries. He said he sees a great potential in this regard. Gitanas Nausėda believes that it is possible to benefit in different areas of the bilateral relations, such as business, culture, education, etc.

United States gained good partner in person of Armenian government, says Ambassador Tracy




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. The governments of Armenia and the United States are working in various areas that are aimed at promoting democracy, building democratic institutions, the fight against corruption and economic development, the United States Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy said in remarks at the Armenian Forum for Democracy.

“The United States gained a good partner in person of the Armenian government. We are working in various areas that are aimed at promoting democracy, building democratic institutions, the fight against corruption, and economic development. And something which is the most important, I think is the investments in human capital. These are absolutely greatly needed. You can’t achieve success in other areas if you don’t make investments in human capital,” the US Ambassador said.

Speaking on the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s view that citizens must be prepared to be participants in democracy, the Ambassador said this is an important factor for democracy to develop.

Yerevan Tech Forum 2022 to gather around 1000 IT specialists, over 25 local and international speakers




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. Yerevan Tech Forum 2022-YTF will be held in the Gabriel Sundukyan National Academic Theater on May 21.

The Forum will be attended by around 1000 specialists and local and international speakers.

The event aims at gathering tech specialists and companies around one platform to jointly discuss the global threats, develop solutions for the problems.

The Forum will focus on the following topics – technologies in the changing world, corporate governance, transformation of business process in transitional period, marketing in global changes, digital transformation of supply chains and security.

Panel discussions will also be held.

The Armenian Ministry of High Technological Industry is the official partner of the Forum.

For more information, visit the  of the Forum.

Georgian defense ministry delegation visits Vazgen Sargsyan Military University in Armenia




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. The delegation of the Defense Forces of Georgia Readiness and Military Training Department and the Ministry of Defense’s Personnel Management Department is in Armenia on a working visit, the Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a press release.

On May 19, the delegation was received by Colonel Gevorg Martirosyan, the Head of the Center of Human Rights and Integrity Strengthening of the Armenian Ministry of Defense.

During the meeting the sides attached importance to ensuring the continuity of the Armenian-Georgian cooperation in the defense area and exchange of experience in strengthening integrity. The implemented work, future actions and opportunities for cooperation in direction of strengthening integrity in the Armed Forces were discussed.

The members of the delegation also visited the Vazgen Sargsyan Military University of the Ministry of Defense and were briefed on the Good Management and Strengthening of Integrity education program’s methodology and introduction process.

Head of Migration Service presents Armenia sector reforms at UN





YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. Head of the Migration Service of Armenia Armen Ghazaryan delivered speech at the International Migration Review Forum in New York, highlighting the format of the Forum as an opportunity to better reflect the migration trends and unite the global efforts since the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees, the Migration Service said.

Armen Ghazaryan said that in close cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Armenia approved its national voluntary report on the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, for the first time in 2020 and the second time this year.

“Armenia is taking continuous efforts for the implementation of the goals set by the two Compacts, by improving the management of migration and the protection of displaced persons”, Armen Ghazaryan said.

Ghazaryan presented that one of the latest large-scale projects of the Migration Service relates to the housing problem of persons in a protracted refugee situation, by providing certificates on purchasing apartment.

“At the same time, we have faced another wave of displacement as a result of the aggression and the force used against the people of Nagorno Karabakh. A large number of people displaced from Artsakh may not have an opportunity to return safely, even now, after the establishment of ceasefire”, Armen Ghazaryan said, reminding about the assistance measures launched by the Armenian government and stating that in this respect the efforts of Armenia absolutely coincide with the two Compacts, strengthening the independence of refugees and the social solidarity in host societies.  

He particularly emphasized the importance of the engagement and support of the international community in this context.

In his remarks Armen Ghazaryan also touched upon the impact of COVID-19 on Armenia and the measures taken, particularly in migration sector, as well as the return migration flow registered in this context.

Then, he presented the digitization trends of processes in the field of migration management in Armenia, touching upon the single electronic platform launched for giving a work permit and an employment-based residency status to foreigners.

Ghazaryan said that this is in accordance with the goals set by the Compact – to facilitate the availability of the necessary documents, ensure the regular migration routes and prevent trafficking.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the solutions based on multilateral efforts and human rights, in terms of resisting the challenges emerging in migration and movement field”, Armen Ghazaryan said.

Commenting on the reaction of the representatives of the Azerbaijani delegation during the general discussion, the Head of the Migration Service of Armenia said that this Forum is a platform for discussing the migration trends and developments, rather than a propaganda reproduction place, by totally rejecting such manifestations.

Ruben Rubinyan presents to the Iranian Ambassador the process of normalization of Armenia- Turkey relations




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia Ruben Rubinyan received Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Armenia Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri on May 20.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the National Assembly, welcoming the Ambassador, Ruben Rubinyan noted that the two countries have a high level of relations based on both historical and existing realities.

The Vice President of the National Assembly emphasized that the inter-parliamentary cooperation is of special importance for strengthening the bases of the mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation, to which the mutual visits give a qualitatively new level.

Ambassador Abbas Badakhshan Zohuri, emphasizing the centuries-old history of Armenian-Iranian relations, noted that they should be developed, including in the inter-parliamentary platforms.

Highlighting the centuries-old Armenian-Iranian relations, Ambassador Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri noted that they need to be developed, including at parliamentary platforms. The Ambassador emphasized the need for cooperation between the Committees of the two parliaments.

At the request of the Ambassador, Ruben Rubinyan presented details on the process of normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations, emphasizing the positions and priorities of the Republic of Armenia.

The Vice President of the parliament highly assessed Iran's position on the territorial integrity of Armenia and the inviolability of its borders.

The parties also referred to the importance of the construction of the "North-South" highway.

The wives of Armenian PM and President of Lithuania visit the children being treated at the Hematology Center




YEREVAN, MAY 20, ARMENPRESS. The wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia Anna Hakobyan hosted the wife of the President of the Republic of Lithuania Diana Nausėdienė. The Lithuanian President is in Armenia on a two-day official visit.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the Office of Anna Hakobyan, Anna Hakobyan and Diana Nausėdienė held a private conversation. Welcoming Mrs. Nausėdienė, the wife of the Armenian PM noted that she is very happy to host her friend in Yerevan. During the private conversation, they referred to the importance of activating the role of women in public life.

"Mrs. Nausėdienė, we first met in 2019 in Lithuania. I am glad that the opportunity to meet for the second time has been created and I am hosting you in Yerevan. I think that there are great prospects for discussing and implementing joint programs. We will be able to use this opportunity to get to know each other better and try to find different ways of cooperation. I hope that this meeting will contribute to the strengthening of the centuries-old friendly ties between the Armenian and Lithuanian peoples," Anna Hakobyan said.

Anna Hakobyan recalled that two years ago, when the world was fighting against the coronavirus, Diana Nausėdienė sent gifts to the Armenian children infected with the coronavirus by a Lithuanian military plane. Anna Hakobyan again thanked Diana Nausėdienė for the humanitarian act.

The wife of the President of the Republic of Lithuania thanked for the warm reception and recalled with joy their first meeting. It was the first official meeting of Diana Nausėdienė as the wife of the President of Lithuania.

During the conversation, the Lithuanian President's wife presented her activities to Anna Hakobyan, emphasizing that it is based on the campaign for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable development of societies. She expressed confidence that by increasing the role of women in our societies, they will be able to make the world a better place.

Then the wife of the President of Lithuania accompanied by the wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia visited Hematology Center after Professor R.O. Yolyan, where she met with children receiving treatment. The guests toured the center, got acquainted with the conditions, inquired about the children's health condition. The wife of the President of Lithuania handed over an official invitation to Anna Hakobyan so that the doctors of Hematology Center after Professor R.O. Yolyan will visit Lithuania and take training.

Anna Hakobyan and Diana Nausėdienė agreed to strengthen contacts in the spheres of healthcare and culture. For that purpose, the wife of the President of Lithuania invited the wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia to Lithuania. Anna Hakobyan accepted the invitation and expressed readiness to implement the agreements reached.

Former Armenian army chief’s son arrested

Armenia –

Igor Khachaturov, the son of former Armenian army and CSTO chief Yuri Khachaturov, has been arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer at opposition protests in Yerevan, the Investigative Committee of Armenia said in a statement on Friday.

The incident took place at a demonstration on Kievyan Street in the capital on May 17. The man was presumably under the influence of drugs during the attack.

"In order to establish the circumstance, the investigating body decided to carry out a toxicology test. However, Igor Khachaturov refused to provide samples,” the law enforcement agency said.

Khachaturov has been charged under Article 316 of Armenia’s Criminal Code, with a court granting a motion to remand him into custody.

The preliminary investigation continues.

‘We won’t get tired of fighting’: Opposition protesters block roads leading to Yerevan hotel

Armenia –

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Opposition protesters demanding Nikol Pashinyan's resignation blocked the roads leading to the Armenia Marriott Hotel in central Yerevan where a democracy forum was scheduled to be held in attendance of the Armenian premier.

A large number of police forces were deployed outside the hotel building.

"Our main goal is the ouster of Nikol Pashinyan and his government. This is a struggle for the homeland," RPA member Hayk Derzyan said.

He stresses the need for consolidation in Armenia, saying it is impossible so long as Nikol Pashinyan stays in office.

"We won't get tired of fighting; no one is getting tired of the idea. We are fighting for our country, for our homeland," Derzyan said, chanting "Armenia without Turks!".