LOS ANGELES—On Tuesday, the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakian, met in Los Angeles with a group of Armenian-American businessmen and discussed issues related to investment in Artsakh.
Artsakh’s Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Aghabekyan, who was also in attendance, briefed the participants on Artsakh’s investment opportunities.
President Sahakian underlined the necessity of giving a new impetus to the implementation of business projects in Artsakh by the diaspora and developing mutually beneficial relations, adding that conditions in Artsakh are favorable for such cooperation.
The President described this cooperation as a reflection of the Armenia-Artsakh-Diaspora trinity that is impervious to geopolitical forces.
A day earlier, on Monday, President Sahakian visited the Armenian-American community in Fresno, California, one of the oldest Armenian communities in the United States.
The President laid flowers at the site of Fresno’s future Armenian Genocide memorial, set for completion in 2015. Sahakian also visited the monument of Armenian-American author, and Fresno native, William Saroyan, and the tomb of noted Armenian national liberation movement figure Soghomon Tehlerian.
On the same day the President visited the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia and met with Honorary Consul Perch Abgarian and representatives of the local community.
The President participated in a discussion with the local community about issues concerning Artsakh and answered questions from audience members.
Sahakian praised the Fresno Armenian community’s contributions to Artsakh and added that, being one of the most significant Armenian communities, Fresno had a tangible role in the process of strengthening Fatherland-Diaspora ties, maintaining the Armenian national identity in the Diaspora, and developing Armenian-American relations.
Sahakian also visited St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Los Angeles a day prior, on Nov. 23, taking part in a Sunday mass. Sahakian arrived in the United States on Nov. 22.