Armenian president to visit Lebanon before hosting Turkmen leader

Armenian president to visit Lebanon before hosting Turkmen leader


Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will be on a three-day official visit to Lebanon November 26-28 during which he is due to meet with the Middle Eastern country’s political leadership as well as representatives of the local Armenian community.

According to Sargsyan’s press office, the Armenian leader, in particular, will hold meetings with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Niajib Mikati.

As part of the visit Sargsyan is also due to visit the Lebanese town of Antelias, the seat of the Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, to meet with His Holiness Aram I.

Sargsyan’s visit to Lebanon comes amid escalation of violence in the Middle East in the wake of the eight-day Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict in the Gaza Strip as well as against the backdrop of a continuing civil strife in Syria that also affects thousands of ethnic Armenians in that country.

Meanwhile, Turkmen media reported over the weekend that Turkmenistan’s leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is due to start a two-day visit to Armenia on November 29.