Armenia’s Ambassador presents credentials to Iraqi President
15:58, 9 January, 2019
YEREVAN, JANUARY 9, ARMENPRESS. Armenia’s Ambassador to Iraq Hrachya Poladyan on January 8 presented his credentials to Iraqi President Barham Salih, the Armenian foreign ministry told Armenpress.
During the meeting Ambassador Poladyan conveyed the warm greetings and wishes of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to President Salih. The Ambassador assured that his daily working agenda will be directed for deepening and developing the bilateral cooperation, adding that he will make all efforts to strengthen and intensify the Armenian-Iraqi friendly ties.
Hrachya Poladyan said currently the trade turnover between Armenia and Iraq reaches nearly 120 million USD, and about 5000 Iraqi tourists visited Armenia in 2018, noting that this number can grow.
In his turn the President of Iraq congratulated the Ambassador on assuming office and touched upon the great role of the Armenian community in developing the relations of the two countries, stating that the Iraqi-Armenian community has historical roots in this country and is one of the creators of Iraq’s cultural heritage. He also called on Armenia to be engaged in Iraq’s restoration works.
Edited and translated by Aneta Harutyunyan
Parajanov With Sarkis exhibition at Istanbul’s Pera Museum presents versatile world of Armenian maestro
10:10, 9 January, 2019
YEREVAN, JANUARY 9, ARMENPRESS. An exhibition honoring renowned Armenian film director and artist Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) is open for visitors since December 12 at the Pera Museum of Istanbul, Turkey.
The exhibition was opened on the occasion of Parajanov’s 95th anniversary of birth.
Zaven Sargsyan, the Director of the Sergei Parajanov Museum of Yerevan, Armenia, told ARMENPRESS that the Istanbul exhibition was initiated by the owners of the Pera Museum, and the Armenia museum sent 75 exhibits for the event.
The exhibition will run until March 17, 2019.
Sargsyan says the Parajanov exhibition in the Pera Museum is the largest and most significant in the past 30 years.
He says this is also the first time that an exhibition is being opened in Istanbul with exhibits from an Armenian state museum.
The exhibition is titled Parajanov With Sarkis, and features works exclusively created in homage to Parajanov by Sarkis, another master artist who passionately followed him.
Pera Museum presents for the first time in Turkey a selection that brings together all periods of the versatile, multicultural visual world of renowned director Sergey Parajanov, master of poetic cinema. Featuring many works across a wide spectrum ranging in style from the traditional to pop-art, from strikingly unique collages to storyboard drafts, from film costumes to drawings, paintings, mosaics, objects and photographs, the exhibition sheds light on the brilliant and fertile world of the artist.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
Armenian community of Syria to continue full-swing restoration works in 2019
09:10, 9 January, 2019
YEREVAN, JANUARY 9, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian community of Syria is set to carry out wide-scale restorations of national structures in 2019, the Armenian-born lawmaker of the Syrian parliament Zhirayr Reisian said in an interview with ARMENPRESS.
Reisian says active works in this direction were carried out in 2018 too, and these initiatives will continue this year.
“We expect 2019 to be a peaceful year for the world,” he says. “A restoration process commenced after the liberation of Aleppo. We can say that life has returned to peaceful process. Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia His Holiness Aram I announced the restoration works, they have begun and are in process. For the record, this restoration process isn’t happening only within the Armenian community, the Syrian government has commenced these works,” he said.
The MP says several structures of the Armenian community have already been restored: the Armenian National Sanctuary of Aleppo has been entirely restored, as well as one of the buildings of the Karen Jeppe College, where the academic process is underway. Two Armenian churches and the Cilician College of Aleppo have also been restored.
Now, Reisian says the restoration works will continue in full-swing, and all structures will be restored according to priority. He says that business operators in Aleppo are actively resuming their activities, with stores and productions being opened. “These also include stores and plants of Armenians,” Reisian said, adding that the industrial sector too is being gradually restored.
The lawmaker says that Armenians who left the city earlier are returning to their hometown.
Infrastructures, including water and power supply, are also restored in the city, and all public services are operating normally.
“After the liberation of Aleppo the Syrian Army liberated the endangered regions of the country with consecutive victories, and this process continues. All works aimed at re-establishing peace were indeed seen in 2018. In yearend, there was a decision on withdrawing the American forces, that was followed by certain practical steps. Now we expect that the Turkish invasion will be thwarted and that the Turkish forces will withdraw from Syrian territory once and for all. The Turkish presence showed that great damages have been inflicted, in terms of both human losses and looting,” the MP said.
Reisian also addressed the changes in the government structure in Armenia, the planned reduction of the number of ministries, that also includes the Diaspora Ministry. Reisian expressed concern over the matter, emphasizing the significance of the Diaspora Ministry.
“For me, the dissolution of the Ministry of Diaspora is a bit [perplexing]. This structure deals with a great number of Armenians and has a big role in strengthening the ties between Armenia and the Diaspora. A lot can be said about the importance of the Diaspora Ministry. We should also ask a question to the initiators of this plan, whether or not this issue has been discussed with reputable and responsible figures in the Diaspora. The case of the Culture Ministry is also noteworthy. It is planned to merge it into another ministry. Culture is the mirror of the people, the late [Catholicos] Garegin [I] often said that culture is the path to victory,” Reisian said.
Interview by Anna Gziryan
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
UAE Vice President invites Armenian military to participate at IDEX 2019
17:43, 9 January, 2019
YEREVAN, JANUARY 9, ARMENPRESS. Caretaker Defense Minister David Tonoyan held a meeting on January 9 with UAE Ambassador Jassim Mohammed Al Qasemi, the defense ministry said.
Opportunities of expanding defense cooperation between Armenia and the UAE were discussed at the meeting.
Tonoyan attached importance to the necessity of placing cooperation on planned and contractual basis.
The Ambassador conveyed to Tonoyan the invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, to participate in the IDEX 2019 international conference and exhibition February 17-21.
The Armenian defense minister accepted the invitation and said that in addition to participating, the Armenian delegation will present its military-industrial production, and the Guard of Honor of the Armenian military and the military orchestra will participate in the ceremonial part of the event.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
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GROONG's Calendar of events (All times local to events) ========================================= What: "The Armenian Community of Ethiopia - Past and Present" a lecture is given by Asbed Pogarian When: Jan 20 2019 1pm Following Church Divine Liturgy which starts at 10:30am Where: Prelacy's Hall, 6252 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, CA Misc: Individual Armenians have settled in Ethiopia as traders and advisors, but it was only in the late 1800s and early 1900 that a community was formed. In 1924, the future Emperor Haile Selassie "adopted" 40 orphans from the Armenian orphanage in Jerusalem and brought them to Ethiopia, making them his official Imperial Marching Band. Their leader, Kevork Nalbandian, composed the national anthem of Ethiopia in 1930, which played until the Communist Revolution of 1974, when it was discontinued. Asbed Pogarian is a third generation Ethiopian-Armenian. His paternal grandfather arrived in Ethiopia in 1899 after surviving the Hamidian massacres of 1895-96. Both his parents were born in Addis Ababa. He left Ethiopia in 1975 and attended the Melkonian Educational Institute in Cyprus. In 1985, he spent a year in Yerevan researching the relationship between Ethiopians and Armenians throughout history. Last January, after an absence of 43 years, he returned to Ethiopia for the first time and documented his travel in the film, Dear Ethiopia: A Love Letter. The event is free to the public. There will be a reception with Sample of Ethiopian Food. Online Contact: [email protected] Tel: 818-244-9639 ========================================= What: The Zeytun Gospels "Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice" a lecture is given by Prof. Heghnar Zeitlian When: Feb 24 2019 1pm Following Church Divine Liturgy which starts at 10:30am Where: Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley Western Prelacy's Hall, 6252 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, CA Misc: In 2010, the world's wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a manuscript illuminated by the greatest medieval Armenian artist, Toros Roslin. The Missing Pages is the biography of a manuscript that is at once art, sacred object, and cultural heritage. Its tale mirrors the story of its scattered community as Armenians have struggled to redefine themselves after genocide and in the absence of a homeland. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh follows in the manuscript's footsteps through seven centuries, from medieval Armenia to the killing fields of 1915 Anatolia, the refugee camps of Aleppo, Ellis Island, and Soviet Armenia, and ultimately to a Los Angeles courtroom. Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She is the award-winning author of The Image of an Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo (2004). Her writing has also appeared in the Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times. As a board member of the US nonprofit Project 2015, she helped organize the historic Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorations in Istanbul where she also delivered a speech in Armenian and Turkish The event is free to the public. Online Contact: [email protected] Tel: 818-244-9639 *************************************************************************** Armenian News's calendar of events is collected and updated mostly from announcements posted on this list, and submissions to [email protected] To submit, send to Armenian [email protected], and please note the following important points: a) Armenian News's administrators have final say on what may be included in Armenian News's calendar of events. b) Posting time will is on Thursdays, 06:00 US Pacific time, to squeeze in a final reminder before weekend activities kick in. c) Calendar items are short, functional, and edited to fit a template. d) There is no guarantee or promise that an item will be published on time. e) Calendar information is believed to be from reliable sources. However, no responsibility by the List's Administation or by USC is assumed for inaccuracies and there is no guarantee that the information is up-to-date. f) No commercial events will be accepted. (Dinners, dances, forget it. This is not an ad-space.) g) Armenian News is a non-commercial, non-partisan, pan-Armenian outlet. ******************************************************************* The Critical Corner The Literary Armenian News Review & Outlook World News The Entertainment Wire Probing the Photographic Record Armenia House Museums ...and much more © Copyright 2019, Armenian News Network / Armenian News, all rights reserved. Regards, -- Armenian News Network / Armenian News Los Angeles, CA / USA
Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan may leave Arsenal, if Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez joins the club, The Sun reported.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery worked with Denis Suarez in Seville in the 2014/15 season and is personally interested in Suarez and asked the management of Arsenal to sign him during the winter transfer window.
As reported earlier, Henrikh Mkhitaryan still recovering from injury. He was injured in the last quarterfinals of the English League Cup against Tottenham (0-2) on December 19. Armenian midfielder is expected to resume training in February.