ArmInfo.On September 12, Gagik Minasyan, the leader of the Armenian-Israeli parliamentary friendship group, met with an Israeli delegation headed by the Vice- Speaker of the Knesset, leader of the parliamentary friendship group Israel-Armenia Tali Ploskov.
Welcoming the visit of the guests to Armenia, Minasyan highly appreciated the cooperation of the friendship groups. He expressed hope for even greater consolidation and development of relations, which is important both in terms of economics and humanitarian contacts. Minasyan, in particular, noted that economic relations, despite the availability of potential, are unsatisfactory. In this context, the interlocutors emphasized the importance of the "Armenia-Israel Public Forum" initiative, considering it the best platform for the development of Armenian-Israeli relations.
The head of the Armenian-Israeli parliamentary friendship group said that the Armenians are particularly sympathetic to the Jews, which is due to the historical communions of the two peoples.
Addressing the Artsakh problem, Minasyan noted that Armenia is firm in resolving the conflict by peaceful means, while Azerbaijan is trying to resolve the issue by military means, which is also evidenced by the April four-day war that was unleashed last year.
The meeting also touched upon the process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. In the assessment of the leader of the friendship group, historical justice has not yet been achieved. "The unrecognized and unpardonable crime opens new doors for a new crime," Minasyan emphasized. He expressed the hope that the process started on this issue in the Knesset of Israel will bring the process to its logical conclusion.
The leader of the parliamentary friendship group Israel-Armenia, Tali Ploskov, thanked for the warm welcome, also stressed the need to deepen diverse relations. According to Ploskov, over the past two years, quite a bit of work has been done - bilateral contacts have been intensified, direct flights between the two countries are being implemented, which promotes new cooperation.
Turning to the process of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Tali Ploskov noted that the members of the Knesset of Israel understood the pain of the Armenian people - the question was heard, but, unfortunately, he received a political color. In this context, Ms. Ploskov reiterated her thoughts in Tsitsernakaberd during last year's visit to Armenia: "If the world did not forgive the Armenian Genocide, there would probably not be a Jewish Holocaust."
Ploskov emphasized that Israel supports the efforts of the OSCE MG in resolving the Karabakh conflict, and believes that the problem should be solved exclusively by peaceful means.
Other issues of bilateral interest were also discussed. Members of the friendship groups emphasized the need to deepen ties in the field of economics, high technology, agriculture, tourism, culture, and the expansion of contacts between the two peoples.
ArmInfo. The members, led by the vice-speaker of the Israeli Knesset Talei Ploskova, the delegation of the Armenia-Israel parliamentary friendship group laid a wreath in tribute to the memory of the victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide.