The fifth ruler of Iran’s Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722) Shah Abbas I, who moved his capital to Isfahan, central Iran, ordered a colony of Armenian Christians living in the town of Julfa (now located in proximity to Iran’s northern border), to move to a village in the capital named ‘New Julfa.’
Chief of Armenian Catholic diocese of Isfahan and South of Iran said that the history of interaction and peaceful coexistence of the Armenians and their Muslim compatriots in Iran dates back to over 400 years ago and this bond is everlasting.
Turkey has summoned the Dutch chargé d'affaires to Ankara in protest at an "unacceptable" move by the Netherlands’ lower house of parliament to approve two motions recognizing as genocide the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.
Armenian Ambassador to Iran said by adopting proper solutions and setting up a joint working group, the ground will be prepared for presence of Armenian entrepreneurs in Anzali Free Zone (AFZ), Gilan Province.
Armenian and Azeri forces say they are observing a ceasefire recently agreed between the two sides in the Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh following a new spate of violence in the disputed territory.