Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
16 November 2016. On Wednesday morning, His Holiness Aram I received Mr Gaguik Dzaroukian, President of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia, in his office. The purpose of the visit was to inform His Holiness of his pledge to assist the Armenians in Syria and ask for his guidance in this action.
In order to continue the united effort of the Armenian Community to assist Syrian Armenians, His Holiness Aram I held a working session with the participation of Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, the Prelate of Peria (Syria), the Leaders of the three Armenian Political Parties in Lebanon, The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Tashnak, and the Democratic Liberal Party, Ramgavar; also attending were the Secretary of the National Executive Council of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and Armenian Members of the Lebanese Parliament.
Catholicos Aram I welcomed Mr Dzaroukian and the other invitees, praised Mr Dzaroukian for constructing churches in Armenia and for granting 500,000 US dollars to assist Armenians in Syria last year; he particularly praised Mr Dzaroukian’s decision to continue assisting Armenians in Syria.
Mr Dzaroukian thanked the Catholicos, and said that he had come to meet His Holiness Aram I, not only to affirm his commitment to continue assistance, but also to receive the benefit of his advice. Following the discussions, His Holiness Aram I thanked the participants and summarized the conclusions as follows: