LA CRESCENTA—The Western Prelacy hosted a town hall meeting Friday with U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John A. Heffern at the “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall. The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife Libby and Jeffrey Paretchan, USAID Armenia Public Private Alliance Specialist and Diaspora Outreach Coordinator.
Upon his arrival the Ambassador had a private meeting with Western Prelate. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian in his office, after which they headed to the “Sulahian” Reception Room for a meeting with Religious and Executive Councils representatives.
The town hall began at 7 p.m. with welcoming remarks by United Armenia Fund President and California Courier publisher Harut Sassounian, who served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
The Prelate then delivered his message in which he reflected on the 24th anniversary of the Armenia earthquake and the 20th anniversary of U.S.-Armenia relations.
Sassounian then spoke briefly on the role of an Ambassador and after presenting Ambassador Heffern’s biography, invited the honored guest to make his presentation.
Through a slide-show presentation, Ambassador Heffern presented the Embassy’s mission goals in Armenia which are to help Armenia succeed as a democratic, prosperous, and secure country, and elaborated on the work the Embassy doing in various realms to achieve this goal.
A question and answer session followed moderated by Executive Council member Ani Mgrdichian-Garikian.
In conclusion, as a token of appreciation for taking the time to address our community, the Prelate presented Ambassador Heffern with the book “Rescued Armenian Treasures from Cilicia” and his wife Libby with a pearl cross.