On June 23, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobian received Managing Director and
Editor of Azad-Hye Armenian website (www.azad-hye.net) in the United Arab
Emirates, writer, translator Hrach Kalsahakian.
H. Kalsahakian presented activities of the Arab-English website telling about
Armenian communities of the Middle East countries, as well as possibilities of
cooperation with the Hayern Aysor electronic newspaper of the RA Ministry of
Problems (registration) relating to dual citizenship raised by H.
Kalsahakian, programs on teaching the Armenian language intended for Armenians
of the Arab world and other issues were also discussed during the meeting. They
also touched upon the issue of creating an address reference book of
all-Armenian websites that will give a possibility of uniting the Armenian
Internet potential, as well as the possibilities of assisting development of
tourism in Armenia, taking into consideration H. Kalsahakian's experience in the
sphere of tourism.
Source: "Hayern Aysor", Yerevan, 24 June 2009
in Hayern Aysor website
Founder and editor of Azad-Hye
Arab-English portal Hrach Kalsahakian gets Armenian passport
Hrach Kalsahakian, a citizen of Syria, now Sales and
Marketing Manager at Cyprus Tourism Organisation in the United
Arab Emirates, founder and editor of the Azad-Hye Middle East Arab-English
Portal got a passport of a citizen of the Republic of Armenia. Deputy head of
the Passport and Visa Department of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Minasian
officially handed RA citizen's passports to Hrach Kalsahakian and more than 50
newspaper's correspondent was present there and witnessed the official ceremony
of handing a RA citizen's passport. According to it, a passport is handed after
reading the RA President's corresponding decree, when each person takes the oath
under the state flag of Armenia, signs and gets a RA passport. A citizen getting
a RA passport takes the oath to remain faithful to the Republic of Armenia, to
keep the RA Constitution and laws, to defend the independence and territorial
integrity of Armenia. He also pledges himself to respect the RA state language,
national culture and traditions. The Armenian state anthem is performed at the
end of the ceremony.
It should be noted as well that there were many people among those getting
the citizenship of Armenia who almost do not know the Armenian language. It is
also known that another 80 Armenians from the United Arab Emirates have applied
for getting the RA citizenship.
The RA Minister of Diaspora received Hrach Kalsahakian the day before and got
acquainted with problems of dual citizenship, took necessary steps for their
Source: "Hayern Aysor", Yerevan, 01 July 2009
in Hayern Aysor website