YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan met with members of the Coordination Council of Armenian-French Organizations (CCAF SUD) while on an official visit to Marseille, France. The CCAF SUD is a representative body that unites more than 20 organizations and coordinates their activities in Marseille, Leon, and Paris.
Co-chair Jacque Donapetian introduced the organization to the Margaryan. “Mr. Mayor, it is really a pleasure for us to meet you personally and to discuss together all the directions around which it is possible to cooperate productively. We are ready to activate cooperation with the Yerevan Municipality as it is very important for us to strengthen ties with motherland,” Donapetian said.
Appreciating the activities of the council aimed at preserving the Armenian culture, the Margaryan specifically highlighted the active participation of the organization in the recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide.
During the meeting, Margaryan presented his plans for the development of Yerevan, emphasizing the importance of active participation by businesses in Marseille. Margaryan also answered questions raised by the members of the council.
Armenian community representatives expressed their gratitude for continued cooperation between Yerevan and Marseilles. Margaryan assured that high-level relations between the two cities would continue to strengthen.
Also while in Marseille, Margaryan, together with Marseille’s Deputy Mayor Didier Parakyan, Armenia’s Consul General in Marseille and the leader of the 11th and 12th districts of Marseille Vardan Sirmakes, and French Parliament member Valerie Boyer, visited the Armenian Genocide memorial complex of the city.
French MP Valerie Boyer noted that the memorial in the Armenian district of Marseille is unique not only for its design but also as a site of historical significance for the local Armenian community and all of Marseille.
A memorial stone had been placed near the complex this year as a special tribute to Armenian women and mothers who fell victim to the Armenian Genocide.
Margaryan and his delegation also visited the Armenian Apostolic Church in Marseille. Priest Aram Ghazaryan briefed the mayor on the history of the church and its current activities.
Margaryan thanked Ghazaryan for the Church’s continued work towards unity of the Armenian community of Marseilles.