WASHINGTON (ARF Press Office)—On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a delegation of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) headed by its co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, visited the ANCA Washington office and met with a delegation headed by ARF Bureau member Hagop Der Khatchadourian.
The possibilities of Armenian Kurdish cooperation as well as the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations were discussed during the meeting.
The previous day an Armenian delegation headed by Hagop Der Khachadourian had attended an all-day conference on the “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East” that took place in Washington with the participation of Kurdish political leaders from Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.
After the meeting with Demirtaş, Der Khachadourian said, “The meeting presented an opportunity for a useful dialogue about the possibilities of Armenian Kurdish cooperation, Western Armenia, and Kurdistan as well as the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations.”
Demirtaş was joined by Member of Parliament and vice-chair of BDP Nazmi Gür and BDP Representative in Washington Mehmet Yüksel.
Since 2009, Demirtaş, as member of Turkey’s Parliament, has spoken openly about the Armenian Genocide as well as the Turkey’s state policy of genocide denial.