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FM: Armenia doing its best to ensure the security of its compatriots in Syria

Armenian is doing its best to ensure the security of its compatriots in Syria, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said today, speaking at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

The Minister said there were 120 thousand Armenians living in Syria before the crisis, while the number has reduced to 50-80 thousand now.

“Many fled the country because of the military actions and the humanitarian crisis. Practically the whole population of Kessab was forced to leave the city. About 700 families are now in Latakia, 70-80 of them have found refuge in churches. They need humanitarian assistance. We are raising the issue in concerned structures and are trying to provide assistance to Syrian Armenians to the extent possible,” the Minister said.

“Al-Qaeda-linked armed groups penetrated the region from Turkey. We must not allow Turkey to provide its territory for incursion into Syria and attacks on the civilian population,” Edward Nalbandian stated.

The Armenian Foreign Minister was bestowed the title of the Honorary Doctor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

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