YEREVAN. – Hraparak daily of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: On January 19, the [visiting] delegation, led by NA [(National Assembly)] President Alen Simonyan, met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
This was the most significant meeting in the schedule of the visit, in order to participate in which the leader of the [opposition] "With Honor" Faction [in the NA] Artur Vanetsyan also had decided to take part in the business trip. However, before leaving, learning that only the [Armenian] authorities’ representatives—[MPs] Hayk Konjoryan, Maria Karapetyan, and RA Ambassador to the US Lilit Makunts—will attend the meeting, he canceled his departure [for the US].
We inquired from "With Honor" who made the list of participants in the meeting with Pelosi, and how Vanetsyan's participation [in this meeting] would have harmed the RA authorities. They said that they did not know exactly, but they are sure the person responsible for the idea was [Armenian PM Nikol] Pashinyan. That is, on the one hand, they [i.e., the Armenian authorities] propose to meet with the opposition, on the other hand, they obstruct their [i.e., the opposition’s] participation in any event.
This was the best opportunity to collaborate with the NA opposition, whereas Pashinyan again went the way of “black and white.”