Armenian, Yazidi communities of Canada to hold joint events commemorating Genocide centennial

Armenian Ambassador to Canada Armen Yeganian had a meeting with Mirza Ismail, the Head of the Yazidi community of Canada.

Issues related to the further development of cooperation between the Armenian and Yazidi national structures, and the organization of joint events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were discussed.

Ambassador Yeganian hailed the centuries-long friendship between the two peoples and praised the contribution of the Yazidis to the development of Armenian statehood. He said the Yazidi community has always enjoyed the special attitude of the Armenian government.

The parties expressed concern over the atrocities against the Yazidis in the north of Iraq and emphasized the importance of larger involvement of the international community in the protection of the rights of the Yazidi people.

The interlocutors agreed that the crimes against the Yazidi, Christian and other ethnic or religious minorities in the Middle East should be properly assessed by international structures and the guilty should be held accountable, since impunity results in new crimes.

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