Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On Monday, March 18th, 2019, His Holiness Aram I received Grigori Martirosyan, State Minister of the Republic of Artsakh, accompanied by Gagik Martorosyan, Head of Shahumyan regional administration. Present at the meeting were also Vahagn Atabekyan, Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon, Peniamin Bchakjian, representative of Artsakh Roots Investment (ARI), Garo Kebabjian, Representative of the Republic of Artsakh in the Middle East, Bedo Demirjian, advisor to the Representative, and Vatche Melkonian and Sdepan Der Bedrossian, members of ARI.
During the meeting, the State Minister briefed the Catholicos the objective of his visit to Lebanon and their forthcoming projects. In turn, His Holiness talked about the Catholicosate’s contribution to the welfare of Artsakh, and stressed the imperative of working toward a stronger Armenia and an independent Artsakh, underlined the importance of the Armenian Diaspora’s participation in these missions. His Holiness Aram I stated that Artsakh is a priority for all Armenians, and it is necessary to continue the collective efforts to ensure the international legitimacy of Artsakh's independence.