FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2017
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Ottawa – On March 8, 2017, the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group held its annual meeting in Ottawa. A significant number of parliamentarians and guests from the Armenian Embassy in Canada and the Armenian National Committee of Canada were present at the meeting that was held under the chairmanship of MP Arnold Chan, president of the friendship group. Also present were vice-presidents, MP Harold Albrecht (Conservative Party of Canada) and MP Alexandre Boulerice (New Democratic Party of Canada).
Along with several topics concerning the bilateral relations of the two countries, the meeting specifically discussed the upcoming general elections in Armenia, the importance of strengthening the political and economic ties between Canada and Armenia and other issues of mutual importance. The meeting unanimously passed to write a joint letter to Global Affairs Canada, urging the government to consider establishing permanent Canadian diplomatic representation in Yerevan, Armenia.
The consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Canada, Mr. Sasun Hovhannisyan – representing his excellency Ambassador Armen Yeganian – and the president of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, Mr. Shahen Mirakian had the chance to address the meeting and convey some issues of concern to the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian-Canadian community respectively.
At the end of the meeting, the friendship group reiterated the importance of further advancing the ties between Canada and Armenia and discussed upcoming initiatives that are aimed towards the advancement of bilateral relations.
(Image Caption: CAPFG Executive Members with Armenian Embassy and ANCC Representatives).
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.