- 21:30 | In the world Woolwich murder sparks anti-Muslim backlash
A number of people have been charged after allegedly offensive comments were made on social media websites.
- 21:10 | In the world Two freight trains collide in Missouri, seven injured
Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when several rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said.
- 21:00 | In the world France army in key Mali withdrawal
A convoy of dozens of lorries left a base outside the capital, Bamako, on its way south to Ivory Coast.
- 20:52 | In the world 2 men arrested after flight from Pakistan diverted in UK airspace
A UK fighter jet was scrambled to escort Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 from Lahore as it was diverted from northwestern England's Manchester Airport to Stansted.
- 20:45 | In the world Zoo keeper mauled by tiger 'broke safety rules'
Sarah McClay, 24, was attacked by a Sumatran tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park, in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, on Friday afternoon.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:35 | In the world Suicide car bombing in Russia's Dagestan injures 11
Dagestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violent province in the North Caucasus.
- 20:27 | In the world Turkmen capital of Ashgabat has been included in the Guinness Book of Records
It’s for the highest density of white marble buildings in the city.
- 20:20 | In the world 16 children, 1 teacher dead in Pakistan bus fire
Police officer said five children were also injured, three of whom were listed in critical condition.
Source: ABC news
- 20:10 | In the world Syria conflict: Qusair in heavy bombardment by army
The army, which began an offensive to recapture Qusair last Sunday, says it has now launched a three-pronged attack on the rebel-held town.
- 20:05 | In the world As Syrian war shuts down trade routes, Turkish business improvises
The Nissos Rodos, a 630-foot ferry, once cruised the Greek islands, moving tourists from one sunny paradise to the next.
Source: The Washington Post
- 17:39 | Region Azadlig: Putin refused to leave for Baku before presidential election
Russian President Vladimir Putin upset the authorities of Azerbaijan. According to the newspaper "Azadlig", official Baku tried to organize Russian president’s visit to Azerbaijan in order to participate in a formal event, organized at the initiative of official Baku.
- 17:18 | Region EurasiaNet: When it came to Eurovision Azerbaijan became extremely courteous with Russia
When it comes to differences with Russia over energy or arms shipments, Azerbaijan rarely flinches or gives an inch.
- 16:03 | Region Azerbaijan is in list of poorly governed countries in ranking of resource management quality
According to the first rating of the resources management quality compiled by the “Revenue Watch Institute”, only 11 out of 58 raw powers of the world are able to truly manage quality of their natural resources. In the above mentioned list Azerbaijan is in the list of poorly governed countries, the "Finmarket" news agency writes.
- 15:55 | In the world Iran has no military presence in Syria, says Iran UN envoy
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed claims about Iran’s military presence in Syria and the shipment of arms by the Islamic Republic to the Arab country.
Source: Press TV
- 15:33 | In the world Neymar to play last game for Santos
He will feature in Santos game against Flamengo on Sunday for the Brazilian national league, at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasília.
- 15:03 | In the world Zidane to be Real Madrid sporting director
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is poised to confirm the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the club’s new sporting director when he gains re-election this summer.
- 14:37 | Armenia Armenian military expert on Lavrov-Mammadyarov meeting
“The latest meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Azerbaijan was a standard meeting and Sergey Lavrov’s statement should be viewed in the context of Madrid Principles,” David Jamalyan told reporters.
- 13:25 | Armenia Armenian chess players at World Championships
Olympic champions GMs Sergei Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian and IM Ashot Nadanian will take part in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships that will take place on June 6-10 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
- 12:02 | Region OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs discuss holding summit later this year
They traveled to the region May 23-24 to continue their efforts to help the sides find a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
- 11:44 | Region Bako Sahakyan: Without Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, it would be impossible to stand firmly on way of stable development
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan met with a group of members of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund Board of Trustees.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:26 | Armenia Lawyers to go on token strike
“The aim of the action is to show the authorities and the public that there are serious problems in the judicial system,” lawyer Hayk Alumyan said.
- 10:13 | In the world Inter fire Stramaccioni, hire Mazzarri
The announcement was made on the official Nerazzurri website, confirming a two-year contract.
Source: Football Italia
- 10:04 | Armenia Former employee of correctional facility returns medal
The reason behind this move is that in 2012, Sargis was forced to leave his job by head of the Correction Facility Hamlet Khlghatyan.
- 09:19 | In the world Gas cylinder blast on Pakistan school bus kills 17
Police officer Mohammed Rasheed says seven children were also injured Saturday when the faulty gas cylinder exploded on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat.
- 09:13 | In the world Syria opposition unity talks face specter of collapse
After two days of meetings in Istanbul, senior coalition players were in discussions late into the night after veteran liberal opposition figure Michel Kilo rejected a deal by Syrian businessman Mustafa al-Sabbagh to admit some members of Kilo's bloc to the coalition.
- 09:08 | In the world Guatemalan ex-president extradited to U.S. on money-laundering charges
"See you soon Guatemala, this is a kidnapping," local media quoted Portillo as saying at the airport.
- 09:02 | In the world Truck caused bridge collapse, police say
An initial investigation shows the 1,111 foot-long bridge collapsed when a tractor-trailer hauling an oversized load hit one of the bridge's overhead tresses, known as the "superstructure.”
- 08:54 | In the world MI5 'approached London attack suspect'
MI5 asked Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo if he wanted to work for them about six months before the killing.
- 08:49 | In the world Dancer 'lied' in Berlusconi sex case
Karima El-Mahroug said she had "made up" details about erotic parties held at his villa while he was still PM.
- 08:42 | Armenia Air temperature to go down in northern regions
In Yerevan, transitory rain is possible after midday.
- 22:00 | In the world Sweden reinforcing police in riot-hit Stockholm
Reinforcements of specially trained police are being sent to Stockholm after five nights of unprecedented rioting in the capital's suburbs.
- 21:40 | In the world Obama nods to drones in Naval academy Speech
President Obama gave a nod to his newly articulated drone policy as he addressed the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday.
Source: ABC news
- 21:25 | In the world Russia pledges 1.7 bln euros for Serbian south stream
“The Russian side undertakes to finance that section,” Putin said after a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.
- 21:10 | In the world Syria opposition seeks to unify as momentum for talks builds
Syria's fractious opposition scrambled to agree a new leadership on Friday in a bid to present a coherent front at peace talks which the US and Russia are convening to seek an end to more than two years of civil war.
- 21:00 | In the world Wash. patrol chief: Oversize load on truck hit I-5 bridge north of Seattle, caused collapse
The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
Source: The Washington Post
- 20:48 | In the world UN rapporteur Emmerson hails 'historic' Obama drone vow
The lawyer leading a UN drone inquiry has praised a speech by US President Barack Obama as a "significant step towards increased transparency".
- 20:38 | In the world Suspected kashmiri rebels kill indian soldiers
Four Indian army soldiers and a suspected rebel were killed in fighting in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 20:30 | In the world 'We loved you so much, you didn't deserve this'
Devastated family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby pay emotional tribute to him.
Pictures: The Daily Mail
- 20:21 | In the world Putin, Obama to Meet in June, September – Kremlin
The first meeting will be in Lough Erne on the sidelines of the G8 Summit and then Obama’s visit to Russia.
- 20:15 | Region On Turkey's proposed alcohol restrictions
A look at legislation passed in Turkey's parliament early Friday that would ban all alcohol advertising and tighten restrictions on the sale of such beverages.
Source: ABC news
- 20:07 | In the world Explosion and gunfire shake Kabul
Afghan Channel One TV quoted police as saying a group of assailants had entered the Directorate of the Afghan Public Protection Force.
- 20:00 | In the world Kerry says Israelis, Palestinians must make tough decisions
Israeli and Palestinian leaders must decide soon on whether to revive long-dormant peace negotiations to end their decades-old conflict.
- 19:01 | In the world Michel Platini renews call for 'sport police'
Uefa president Michel Platini has renewed his call for the establishment of a European sports police force to deal with match-fixing, hooliganism and doping.
Source: BBC Sport
- 18:34 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan meets with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs
The parties discussed issues related to the current stage of Karabakh peace process and future steps.
Source: presidential press service
- 18:19 | Armenia UAE ambassador presents credentials to President Serzh Sargsyan
Serzh Sargsyan and Saif Mohammed Abid al-Zaabi discussed ways of developing and furthering bilateral relations and cooperation in different fields of activity.
Source: presidential press service
- 17:38 | In the world Milan fans say 'no thanks to Seedorf'
A group of AC Milan fans were caught hanging up a banner outside the club's headquarters early on Friday to express their opposition to the prospect of former player Clarence Seedorf taking over the team.
Source: Gazzetta del Sud
- 16:51 | Armenia Andranik Matikozyan wins Metropolitan Chess Tournament
IM Andranik Matikozyan (Armenia) scored 7.5 points out of 10 to solely take first prize at the 27th Metropolitan Chess Tournament in Los Angeles.
- 15:34 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan meets with President of European Civil Aviation Conference
President Sargsyan said Armenia appreciates the role of the European Civil Aviation Conference in developing and providing security to global and European aviation.
Source: presidential press service
- 15:10 | Armenia Armen Martirosyan: Russia punishes Armenia by increasing gas price
“Under such social conditions, the increase in gas price may cause social riot,” said the deputy chairman of Heritage party.
- 14:33 | Armenia Armenian parliament to host hearings on measures to eliminate hailstorm consequences
On May 23, the Armenian government approved measures to eliminate consequences of the May 12 hailstorm that caused damage to 46 communities in Armavir province.
- 14:12 | Armenia Levon Zurabyan: Authorities concealed information about increase in gas price
“On May 13, the Public Services Regulatory Commission received a bid on the increase in price for natural gas, with a contract stipulating that the new gas price entered into force on April 1,” the ANC member said.
- 12:50 | In the world Magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes Russian Far East
The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 385 miles in the Sea of Okhotsk, 244 miles west of the nearest city, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
- 12:40 | Armenia Worsening social situation contributes to emigration, Orinats Yerkir MP says
“The people in Armenia live in tough social conditions, and the increase in gas price and hail damage added to it,” Hovhannes Margaryan said.
- 12:14 | Armenia Social riot is brewing in Armenia, says Heritage MP
With the crisis deepening, it is inevitable that there will be a social riot and a revolution in Armenia, head of Heritage parliamentary faction Ruben Hakobyan told a parliamentary briefing.
- 11:11 | Armenia Republican MP against government program?
Although RPA voted for the government program, Republican MP Nahapet Gevorgyan, despite registering for the parliament session, did not participate in the voting.
14:18 20/02/2012 » Analysis
Iran, Armenia share interests in regional issues: 20-year-old history of diplomatic relations
In these days the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution is celebrated in Iran. The Islamic Revolution began on January 8, 1978 by a large manifestation of protest of students During the whole year the manifestations of protest held by different stata of the society were over on February 11, 1979, headed by the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Emam Khomeinia announcing the destruction of the shahs` government and the establishment of the Islamic system.
The strategy of foreign policy of Iran was changed considerably after the Islamic Revolution. According to the newly admitted constitution, the execution of general provisions of foreign policy was dedicated to the president of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign affairs, directed by the Supreme Leader of Iran and the Supreme commander of AF. The principle “ No West, no East”, as well as the landmark to leave in peace with neighbours and to conduct a policy of good neighbouring relations were included in the agenda of foreign policy of the country in order to exclude the presence of superpowers in the country.
In September 1991, after the crumbling of the Soviet Union, when the independence of the Republic of Armenia was proclaimed. Iran was the first country that officially declared the independence of Armenia on December 26, of the same year.
On February 9, 1992, Raffi Hovhannisyan, the Armenian minister of foreign affairs and Ali Aqbar Velayati, the minister of foreign affairs of Iran sign in Tehran a declaration for establishing diplomatic relations.
On February 28, 1992, Ali Aqbar Velayati, the minister of foreign affairs of IRI makes his first official visit to Yerevan. The purpose of the visit was to make some consulations about international and regional problems and the Iranian deligation announces its readiness about the regulation of the antagonism of Nagorno Karabakh to assume its negotiating mission, as a result of which on March 16, 1992, a document is farmed and published, which refers to the antagonism of Karabagh, assumption of negotiating mission of IKI Velayati makes an offer where he witnessed that Iran is ready to appear with negotiating mission for studying the possible ways of regulation of Karabagh antagonism.
On May 6, 1992, a delegation headed by the president of RA Levon Ter-Petrosyan arrives in Tehran on invitation of the IRI president Hashemi Rafsanjani. The sides negotiated about the antagonism of Nagorno Karabakh among other questions. On May 8, 1992 the RA president L. Ter-Petrosyan , the attorney of the president of Azerbaijan Yaghub Mamedov, as well as the president of the negotiator country Iran H. Rafsanjani, signed a common declaration on the regulatio of the opposition of NK. After he high level mutual visits between two countries, the sides decide to open embassies in each other ` s countries. In April 1992, the IRI embassy is opened in Yerevan and in December the RA embassy is opened in Tehran. Vahan Bayburdyan is appointed the attorney of the affairs of RA in Tehran and mutually Bahman Ghasemi is the attorney of the affairs of IRI in Yerevan.
In 1994, the Armenian- Iranian relations are raised to the level of ambassadors and Hamid Reza Niqqar Esfahani is appointed the ambassador , who is then replaced by Mohammad Farhad Qoleyni and Alireza Haghighia. Actually Ali Saghaian is the IRI ambassador in RA.
Vahan Bayburdyan, who was formerly the RA attorney becomes the first ambassador of the third Republic of Armenia in Iran. During the following years the last is replaced by Gegham Gharibjanyan and Karen Nazaryan. Actually Grigor Araqelyan is the RA ambassador in Tehran.
In order to develop the economic – commercial relations between Iran and Armenia a bridge is being built on the river Araks after the exploitation of which Iran becomes a transit way for Armenia to the transmission of loads to the countries of Persian Gulf. The transmissions of loads are increased for 3-4 times.
More than 200 Armenian- Iranian enterprises started working actively in Armenia. Thanks to the economic interaction, Iran holds the first place in the exterior commerce of Armenia. A branch establishment of the Iranian bank “ Mellat” is opened in Yerevan. The aerial communication between two countries was realized by the Iranian companies “ Aria Tour”, “Caspian” and “ Armenian air roads”.
On 1995, corresponding agreements are made about the Iranian-Armenian gasmain, the high volt line of transmission line, the building of the common hydroelectric power station on the river Araks.
On 25-27 December, 2007, a delegation headed by the second Armenian president Robert Kocharyan visited Iran for four days and had meetings with the IRI Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, president seyyed Mohammad Khatami, minister of foreign affairs Qamal Kharazi and minister of defense Ali Shamkhani.
On September 8-9, 2004, the IRI president seyyed Mohammad Khatami makes a return official visit to Armenia. In the frames of the visit to Armenia, M. Khatami visited also he monument of the Armenian genocide to pay respect to the innocent martyrs that are victims of the genocide.
Generally, the mutual visits executed in the level of presidents certified the dynamic development of bilateral relations. On July5 , 2006, the president R. Kocharyan made a labour visit to Iran, where he meets the newly elected president of IRI Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
On March 19, 2007, the official ceremony of the opening of the gasmain is held in participation of the RA and IRI presidents, and by the end of 2008, the building of the second part of the Iran- Armenia gasmain is finished.
In October 2007, the IRI president Mahmud Ahmadinejad arrives in Armenia for a two days` visit. During the visit in Yerevan a memorandum of mutual understanding between Iran and Armenia is signed, the sides appear with a common declaration. The president of Iran is granted with a nomination of an honourable doctor of the Yerevan State University. On April 13, 2009, the Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan `s official visit to Tehran revived the Armenian-Iranian relations. During it the president of Armenia had meetings with the IRI Supreme leader seyyed Ali Khamenei, president Mahmud Ahmadinejad, president of Mejlis Ali Larijani and the Secretary of the Supreme Council of National Security S. Jalili.
The RA president specially mentioned that Iran had proved many times that is a confident friend having a pivotal importance for Armenia. In Serzh Sargsyan`s words Armenia has always felt the support of Iran and in the years of blockade the emergent products were imported to Armenia by the territory of Iran.
The president Serzh Sargsyan`s next labour visit to Iran took place on March 27, 2011. During the meeting the presidents of two countries gave importance especially to the successfully developing interaction in energetics, transport, culture and some other domains , they reverted also to the project of the building of the Iran –Armenia railway. In the frames of his visit to Tehran Serzh Sargsyan took part also in the celebrations organized for the holiday of Novruz.
In December 2011, the IRI president Mahmud Ahmadinejad makes a return visit to Armenia. In the frames of the visit agreements concerning the increase of the volumes of commerce circulation, development of substructures, economy, energetics, transport, industry and domains of investment were signed.
Afterwards, the presidents of Armenia and Iran appeared with a common declaration expressing contentment for high level relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The relations are based on the friendship of many centuries of the nations. The presidents reaffirmed their decisiveness to continue developing the bilateral friendly mutually profitable relations.
On February 9, 2012 was the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of Iran and Armenia. The political, economic and cultural relations of two countries develop year by year, including new programs.
Now, in the working agenda of the governments of two countries are the projects of building of the passageway Iran- Armenian, railroad, oil-pipeline, the electric power stations on the river Araks that will be built with the help of the loan provided by the Asian development bank, about the realization of which corresponding agreements were signed and now the preparatory works of the realization of the above mentioned projects are done. Iran and Armenia collaborate actively also in international organizations , the points of views of two countries about the problems of region coincide. During the meetings of the presidents of Armenia and Iran the point of view, according to which all the countries, including Iran, have the right of using nuclear energy peacefully, is underlined.
Let us mention, that Iran , the first negotiator country involved in the regulation of the antagonism of NK, has conducted and conducts a balanced policy which is appreciated greatly by the Armenian government. It must be mentioned, that the role of the Armenian community in Iran, that was given exclusive rights and opportunities after the Islamic revolution in Iran, is on the basis of the development of the relations of Iran and Armenia. The Armenian churches and historical monuments are conserved and restored by the direct support of the government of Iran. According to the constitution of the country the Armenian community in Iran is represented also in the IRI Mejlis by its two representatives.
Studying the past and present of the political relations of Armenia with its direct neighbour and friend Iran , particularly analyzing the 20 year` s history of diplomatic relations of Armenia and Iran , we can state that both countries have the power to continue developing their political, economic and cultural relations during the next decades.
Author: Armen Israyelyan
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17:39 25/05/2013 » Society
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