Sarkisian to Lay Wreath at Wilson Tomb

WASHINGTON (A.W.)–Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian, who arrives in DC tonight for the Nuclear Security Summit from April 12-13, will visit the Washington National Cathedral on Monday, April 12, at 11 a.m. and lay a wreath at the tomb of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.

President Wilson was a great friend of the Armenian people and an advocate for an independent Armenia which included three Armenian provinces of the Ottoman Empire (Erzerum, Bitlis, Van, and north to the Black Sea port of Trabzon) in the aftermath of World War I. The Treaty of Sevres, which included President Wilson’s boundary configuration of Armenia, was not ratified by the Ottoman Empire.

The Armenian Embassy in the U.S. announced that leaders and members of the Armenian community are welcome to join the ceremony.

President Sarkisian is also expected to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit. Erdogan proposed such a meeting in a written message that was taken to Yerevan by high-ranking Turkish diplomat Feridun Sinirlioglu.

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