OTTAWA–During a lengthy meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin–His Holiness Aram I–thanked the Canadian government and people on behalf of the Armenian community of Canada for their consistent support. He emphasized that the Armenian community of Canada fully participates in advancing the country in various fields.
Topics discussed included Lebanon’s Armenian Community–and relations between the Republic of Armenia and Canada. The Pontiff also spoke about Canadian Parliament’s recognition of the Armenian genocide last year–calling it a "tangible expression of Canada’s stance on defending justice and human rights."
Prime Minister Martin praised the Armenian community of Canada–highlighting their contribution to various sectors of Canadian society.
He also said that he hoped relations and cooperation between Armenia and Canada would develop with time.
The Prime Minister asked His Holiness about his views on the political situation of the Middle East–particularly Lebanon. The latter detailed Lebanon’s current political climate–along with that of the region–saying he hoped Canada would take a more active role there.
His Holiness presented the Canadian PM a book about the treasures of the Catholicosate of Cilicia–rescued from the Armenian Genocide.
The delegation at the October 4 meeting with Prime Minister Martin included Archbishop Khajag Hagopian (Prelate of Canada)–Hagop Der Khatchadourian (Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) Bureau member)–Dr. Vahram Ehramdjian (ARF Central Committee of Canada)–Apkar Mirakian (ANC of Canada) and Krikor Koyoumdjian (Canadian Armenian National Assembly).