Echmiadzin: Pope’s visit to Armenia “message of peace”

The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Armenia is a message of peace to the region as well as to the world, says the Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananian, who is in charge of interchurch relations at the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.

Pashinyan: Every single opposition vote “kept” in Hrazdan election

A leader of a recently established opposition party says they have managed to “keep” all votes cast for their candidate in Sunday’s mayoral elections in a provincial town. Yet, the incumbent mayor from the ruling party has still won in the election marred by allegations of vote buying and fraud.

UN chief supports Minsk Group for Karabakh settlement

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, expressing his full support to the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group as he had a phone conversation with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Saturday.

Yerevan condemns bombardment of Armenian quarters in Aleppo

Official Yerevan has strongly condemned the continuing bombardment of Armenian-populated quarters of Aleppo, Syria, carried out by armed groups, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan said on Sunday.

Ex-deputy premier gets job at senior security post

Armenia’s former deputy prime minister and minister of territorial administration Armen Gevorgyan has been appointed secretary of the National Security Council by a corresponding order issued by President Serzh Sargsyan today.

Vatican, Echmiadzin Confirm: Pope’s visit to Armenia set for June

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, will pay a visit to Armenia at the end of June, the Vatican and Echmiadzin announced over the weekend.

4+4+4: Opposition, government still divided over electoral bill

The parliamentary elections of 2017 will continue with frauds, as provisions proposed by the opposition and civil society representatives during the 4+4+4 format were not accepted, says Deputy Director of the Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center Sona Ayvazyan.

Good News: Killed Armenian serviceman’s wife gives birth to baby girl

The young widow of Hrach Galstyan, a 25-year-old senior lieutenant of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army who was killed in action a month ago, gave birth to a baby girl in her native city of Gyumri on Friday morning.

Iran’s Rouhani said to visit Armenia soon

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will soon pay a visit to Armenia. The president himself announced it while receiving visiting Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on June 5, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Sargsyan: Development of Armenian-Chinese relations among priorities

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described consistent development of “centuries-old friendly relations between Armenia and China” as a top foreign policy priority for Armenia as he received a delegation led by First Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Zhang Gaoli on June 6.

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