Arab Tribal Leaders Arrive in Yerevan

YEREVAN (ARF Press Service)–A delegation of 12 Arab tribal leaders from northeastern Syria–arrived in Yerevan on Monday–accompanied by representatives of the Armenian Church’s Beria Prelacy.

Armenian National Assembly’s ARF faction secretary Hrair Karapetian and ARF Bureau’s Political Affairs Office director Giro Manoyan greeted the guests at Yerevan’s Zvartnotz airport.

The influential tribal leaders–some of whom reside in Saudi Arabia–Jordan–Iraq–and Qatar–are in Armenia to take part in the events commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–to pay tribute to the Genocide victims–and remind the world of the unpunished vicious crime.

Their hospitable ancestors gave refuge to the fragmen’s of Armenia’s who miraculously survived in the Genocide; today–many of those Armenia’s and their heirs still live side-to-side with the friendly Arab people and enjoy equal rights.

The delegation will meet with Catholicos Karekin II–National Assembly’s leadership–Armenia’s prime minister–government ministers–politicians–and Yerevan State University professors. Their trip is organized by the Armenian community of Aleppo.

Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian received the guests on March 28–after which they met with the mayor of Yerevan Yervant Zakharian. Their itinerary includes a visit to the Dzidzernagapert Memorial to Armenian genocide victims and the Madenataran that houses Armenian man’scripts.

The delegation is composed of tribal leaders Udey al Ghasi of Al Shumar tribe; Fayez el Ghubein of Al Anaze tribe; Abdel Uahab Isa Suleiman of Bakard el Jabal tribe; Muhammad al Tai bin Abdel Razak of Al Tay tribe’s second branch; Hlu el Hlu of Aduan tribe; Hasan Obeid el Khalil of Harp tribe; Abdel Karim Obeid of Harp tribe’s second branch; Khalil Abud Zhdghan of Ogeidad tribe and a member of the Syrian parliament; Muhammad Mslad of Chbur tribe and a member of the Syrian parliament.

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