TEHRAN (Armenpress)–In accepting the wishes of His Holiness–Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia– the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Khatami donated $120,000 to the Ararat soccer team of the Tehran’s Ararat sport-cultural union. The president also promised to support the union during the upcoming years.
As it was reported earlier–His Holiness met with the president Khatami last week. During the meeting he presented the needs and concerns of Iranian Armenia’s. President Khatami promised to meet their needs in the near future.
The Catholicos on Sunday said Armenian-Iranians form an inseparable part of the Iranian nation–and stressed that people of his faith in Iran are not really a religious minority.
Aram I–who was meeting with the Speaker of the Iranian parliament (mejlis) Hojjatoleslam Karrubi said all nationals in Iran–regardless of their religion–are entitled to full rights and privileges of citizenship. He thanked Iran’s religious leaders for providing Armenia’s with the freedom to worship.
He lauded Iran’s progress at the national and international areas–and expressed hope that Armenia’s would contribute to that progress on the side of their Iranian fellow-citizens. The Catholicos also called for the help of the Iranian Government for Armenian schools in Iran.
Karrubi–in response underscored the contribution of Armenia’s to the development of the country in all areas–and promised to set to Aram I’s request.