By Emil Danielyan
Armenia is aspiring to and will soon be granted the status of a “special guest” at the League of Arab States, the Foreign Ministry in Yerevan announced late on Tuesday, underscoring the country’s long-standing links with the Arab world.
A ministry statement said the issue was discussed at a meeting earlier in the day in New York between Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and Amre Moussa, the secretary general of the grouping of 22 Arab countries. The talks took place on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the UN General Assembly. Oskanian was due to address it on Wednesday.
Moussa was said to welcome the Armenian government’s intention to join the Arab League founded in 1945. The two sides will sign a relevant “memorandum of understanding” in Yerevan or Cairo soon, the statement added.
While in New York, Oskanian also met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit. The two men discussed bilateral relations and “the latest international and regional developments,” according to Oskanian’s press office.
Armenia’s links with the Arab world date back to the 8th century and are presently cemented by the existence of Armenian Diaspora communities in many Arab countries. Most of the hundreds of thousands of Middle East Armenians live in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
(Armenian Foreign Ministry photo: Oskanian and Moussa meeting in New York.)