The Catholicosate of Cilicia–under the auspices of His Holiness Aram I–convened Thursday the Third Pan-Armenian Writers’ Conference in Antelias–Lebanon with the help of the Writers’ Union of Armenia and the Association of Lebanese Armenian Writers.
After opening prayers–Bebo Simonian welcomed participants on behalf of the organizers and highlighted the role of the Catholicosate in preserving and promoting Armenian culture. Levon Ananian–president of the Writer’s Union of Armenia–also welcomed guests and made opening remarks.
His Holiness Aram I spoke about the role and mission of Armenian writers before the more than 300 writers present from Armenia–Karabagh–Lebanon–the Middle East–Canada–the US–South America–Europe–and Australia.
Armenian President Robert Kocharian–Prime Minister Andranik Markarian–and Parliament Speaker Artur Baghdasarian sent a message wishing the conference and its attendants success.
The convention will continue over the weekend.