Armenia ARF Leader Meets with Consul General, Primate

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From l to r: ARF Supreme Council of Armenia chairman Ishkhan Saghatelyan, Ambassador Armen Baibourtian and ARF Western U.S. Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian

From l to r: ARF Supreme Council of Armenia chairman Ishkhan Saghatelyan, Ambassador Armen Baibourtian and ARF Western U.S. Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian

Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia chairman Ishkhan Saghatelyan, who is in Los Angeles on a working visit, on Wednesday met separately with Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Ambassador Armen Baibourtian and Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.

Ambassador Baibourtian welcomed Saghatelyan, who was accompanied by ARF Western U.S. Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, at the Consulate General of Armenia in Glendale.

Ambassador Baibourtian presented multifaceted activities of the Consulate General, touched upon
a number of core items relating to the cooperation with the Armenian community.

Saghatelyan presented his party’s activities in Armenia. He highlighted that while the ARF is an opposition party within Armenia’s political landscape, it will continue supporting the Armenian diplomatic missions abroad as well as contributing to the strengthening of the Armenian
state and advancement of Armenia and Artsakh.

An exchange of ideas about enhancing Armenia-Diaspora strong bondage took place.

The discussion also focused on advancing Diaspora-Armenia relations and the role the ARF in the Western United States can play in strengthening those ties.

Counselors of the Consulate General of Armenia Varazdat Pahlavuni and Edgar Grigoryan attended the meeting.

From l to r: ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and ARF Supreme Council of Armenia Chairman Ishkhan Saghatelyan

From l to r: ARF Western US Central Committee chairman Avedik Izmirlian, Western Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and ARF Supreme Council of Armenia Chairman Ishkhan Saghatelyan

Saghatelyan and Izmirlian visited the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church where they were welcomed by the Archbishop Derderian, who spoke about the important role the church plays in Armenia’s national reality.

Saghatelyan told the Primate that the Armenian Church is an inseparable part of life in Armenia and is one of the anchors of the national identity. The two also spoke about the importance of elevating the role of the church as a national institution, through which the Armenian culture and heritage is preserved.

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