Armenian government delegation meets with Catholicos Aram I in Lebanon
YEREVAN, AUGUST 10, ARMENPRESS. The Armenian government delegation which traveled to Beirut on board the relief plane carrying humanitarian aid has taken part at a mass in Antelias served by Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia in the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral.
The delegation includes Armenia’s High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs Zareh Sinanyan, the administrator of the High Commissioner’s Office Sara Anjaroglyan, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan’s Office Administrator Varag Siserian, lawmaker and head of the Parliamentary Friendship Group between Armenia and Lebanon Hrachya Hakobyan and the executive director of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund Haykak Arshamyan.
After the mass, the delegation had a meeting with Catholicos Aram I. The catholicos presented the condition of the Lebanese-Armenian community after the Beirut blast. He said that the homes of many representatives of the Armenian community have been damaged and require speedy rebuilding, Sinanyan’s Office said in a news release.
Aram I emphasized the importance of prioritizing the needs of the Armenian community and said that a commission involving all community institutions is working on this matter.
Sinanyan noted that the purpose of the visit isn’t simply to accompany the humanitarian aid but to evaluate the situation on the ground and meet with the Armenian community.
The Catholicos noted in his remarks that parallel to strengthening Armenia it is important to strengthen the Diaspora as well. In this context Sinanyan attached importance to the fundraiser launched by the Hayastan fund.
“At the end of the meeting, both sides reiterates that the fatherland’s doors are always open for the Diaspora”, Sinanyan’s Office said in the news release.
Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan