Lebanese Presidnent Offers Condolences on Maroukhian Passing

BEIRUT (Azdag)–Lebanese President General Emil Lahoud conveyed his condolences to the Armenian community of Lebanon on the passing of long time Armenian Revolutionary Federation leader and Bureau Representative Hrair Maroukhian Friday–as the Central Committee of the ARF in Lebanon continued to receive well-wishers and mourners at Beirut’s Sardarabad Community Center.

Representing the president was Minister Arthur Nazarian–while Prime Minister Selim Hos was represented by Minister Michel Mousa. Conveying the condolences of the Lebanese parliament speaker was Parliamentarian Ayoub Hmayed.

Among visitors to the Sardarabad Community Center were also Armenian Ambassador in Lebanon Arman Navasardian–Khachik Babigian–Hunchak Party executive members–Ramgavar Party representatives Hovsep Emirian–Paul Haidoutian–Melkon Eblighatian–Nazareth Izmirlian–Varoujan Kantarjian–Representative Hagop Demirjian and Armenian Relief Society Regional Executive members.

Also present were various Lebanese political party representatives and officials–municipality officials–as well as local and national public figures.

In addition–numerous condolence telegrams were also received by the ARF Central Committee.

Among them were former Prime Minister Rafik el-Hariri–Central Bank director Riad Salame–and other public organizations’ leaders.

In the United States condolence messages continued to pour in to the ARF Central Committee of Western United States. Among them was Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America.

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