SOFIA–The mayors of Yerevan and Sofia inaugurated Wednesday an Armenian Khatchkar in the Yerevan park located behind the Agriculture Ministry building in Sofia.
The monument is a donation by the Armenian capital and has been made in the traditional Armenian cross stones.
In his speech at the official inauguration ceremony, the Armenian Ambassador in Bulgaria Sergey Manassaryan said that Armenia’s have always seen Bulgarians as people that have extended a helping hand during Armenia’s most difficult times.
Manassaryan added that the roots of the friendship between the two countries date from the National Liberation Movement in Bulgaria.
"Last year we renamed the street leading up to the Bulgarian Embassy in Yerevan to Sofia, an act that was welcomed by Yerevan residents. Now this monument becomes yet another symbol of the friendship between our people," the Ambassador stated.
The monument was blessed by clerics from the Armenian Church in Sofia.
The mayors signed a memorandum of collaboration and exchanged plaques with the coats of arms of both cities.
Sofia’s Mayor Boyko Borisov also received an invitation by his Yerevan Counterpart, Yervand Zaharyan, to visit Yerevan during the city’s 2790th anniversary celebrations on October 10 and 11.