YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President of Armenia Robert Kocharian received Wednesday a delegation of the Armenian Catholic Church led by Catholicos-Patriarch John-Peter Gasparian. Expressing their condolences on the death of Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I–they highly valued the exceptional scientific and theological knowledge and services of His Holiness. According to Kocharian–Karekin I–with his high prestige–gave a fresh impetus to the development of interchuch ties and under his guidance the Armenian Apostolic Church became more open.
The sides also discussed the internal political situation in the country–current economic reforms and prospects for development. The Armenian president presented the current state of the Karabakh peace process–spoke of Armenia-Diaspora relations as well as the nationwide forum to be held this September.