Gulf Today, UAE
Jan 30 2014

SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme
Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has stressed that the Arab and
Muslim relations with the Armenian people are strong and historic,
as well as characterised with love and mutual respect.

He cited the good hospitality exhibited by the Armenian people during
his recent visit to the Republic of Armenia.

Sheikh Sultan made the remarks on Thursday afternoon, while receiving
the visiting high-profile Armenian delegation, including Hovik
Abrahamyan, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of
Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, head of the Armenian Orthodox Church
and Gegham Gharib Janian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Armenia to the UAE.

Sheikh Sultan thanked the President of Republic of Armenia, Serzh
Sargsyan, on bestowing on him the Honour Award.

He also thanked the Speaker of Armenian Parliament who delivered the
award to him, as well as the head of Armenian Church.

"We have observed and felt that the love of Armenian people to Arabs is
not new but deep-rooted in history. During our recent visit, the people
there welcomed us in a way we will never forget. We exchange love
and respect with them. We wish them peace and prosperity," he said.

On outset of the meeting, the Armenian Honour Award was conferred on
Sheikh Sultan.

Abrahamyan said he was honoured to confer the award on Sheikh Sultan
on the behalf of Armenian President, adding that he was pleased to
be a guest of Sharjah, the cultural capital of the UAE.

Sheikh Sultan presented to the Armenian delegation a model of Sharjah
Ship, which reflects the authentic heritage of the region.

From: A. Papazian