By ArmGenocide100 report
On March 4, Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria, Dr. Mohammad Jihad al-Laham met with Ambassador of Armenia to Syria Arshak Poladian, leader of the Armenian Diocese of Damascus Bishop Armash Nalbandian, representative of Catholic Community, Archimandrite Kevork Bahi, leaders of political and provincial assemblies of the Armenian community of Damascus, as well as members of the Syrian Centenary Central body. Participants discussed issues related to Armenian-Syrian inter-parliamentary cooperation,RA Foreign Ministry press department reports.
During the meeting, Ambassador Poladian presented the scheduled events, dedicated to the Armenian Genocide centennial. After the meeting, on the initiative of Maria Saade, a member of Human Rights and Foreign Affairs Committees and other parliamentarians, a joint session, dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial was held at the People’s Council of Syria, with participation of the Ambassador, his accompanying delegation and members of Human Rights and Reconciliation Committees.
During the meeting, Ambassador, expressing gratitude to the People’s Council of Syria, highlighted the important fact that Syria became a haven for survived Armenians during the genocide, and today, 100 years later, organized such an event at country’s legislative body. Professor at the University of Damascus Nora Arissian (Ph.D. in Modern History) presented a brief historical report on Armenian Genocide to the members of Committees of the People’s Council.
During the hearings, a number of members of the People’s Council of Syria delivered speeches, expressing their solidarity with the Armenian nation – yet again stressing the role of Armenians in socio-economic and social life of Syria.