Sarkisian to attend World ‘Nowruz’ Festival in Tehran

Scene from last year's even in Tehran

YEREVAN (—The presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Iraq will attend World Iranian New Year “Nowruz” Festival to be held in Tehran from March 26 to 27.

Director General of the International Affairs Department at the office in charge of organizing the World Nowruz Festival Mohammad-Reza Forqani said on Thursday that Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Qatari Crown Prince, Foreign Minister of Oman and an Azeri official will also attend the official celebrations.

The countries’ officials will meet with Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Forqani added that a special ceremony also will be held at the United Nations hosted by Iran’s representative office in cooperation with Tajik and Afghan officials, the IRNA news agency reported.


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  1. Armen said:

    I mean this with no disrespect towards anyone, but what does Nowruz have to do with the Armenian people, other than the fact that there is a sizeable Armenian population in Iran.

    Not one of the leaders mentioned in the article have ever attended a festival in Armenia and I fear Armenia is looking in the wrong direction. Looks towards Europe not Central Asia and the Middle East. I think we’ve had enough influence from some of those countries listed which is more than we need in Armenia.

    Sometimes I really wonder if the Armenian Government is moving in the right direction.

    • Gagik said:

      Like it or not, Iran remains the only (somewhat) friendly neighbor. We must try as much as possible to demonstrate good intentions, without letting in too many Eastern influences as you said.

      • gary said:

        Strange how Iran is more friendly to Armenia than our Christian neigbor Georgia

        • Armen said:

          Our neighbours are a troublesome bunch. If only Armenia could organise some sort of venture with Greece/Cyprus etc which would be more useful in relation to our culture/heritage.