YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Armen Khachatrian met Wednesday with First Secretary of the Israeli Embassy in Armenia–Consul Ran Hidor (residence in Tbilisi–Georgia)–who congratulated Khachatrian on the formation of the new Parliament and requested him to convey the best wishes to Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Karen Demirchian from his Israeli counterpart Simon Peres.
Hidor informed Khachatrian that despite the fact that the residence of the Israeli Embassy in Armenia is in Tbilisi–the Embassy representatives regularly visit Armenia–hold meetings with the country’s officials and representatives of various organizations. He pointed out that the centuries-old Armenian-Israeli relations are dynamically developing and will be broadened in the future in economic and other important spheres; methods of encouraging Israeli investmen’s to Armenia will be developed.
Armen Khachatrian pointed out that the newly elected Parliament sets itself great tasks–and the prospects for expanding its activities can already be seen. He stressed the importance of close cooperation between the legislative and executive bodies as well as the relations of the Committee in his charge with the relevant bodies in other countries. Khachatrian highly appreciated the centuries-old history and culture of the Jewish people and stressed the likeness between the two people’s destinies. The chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee expressed willingness to do everything possible to broaden the Armenian-Israeli relations.