Catholicosate of Cilicia
Antelias - Lebanon
On Wednesday 2 July 2014, the Chairperson of the Tekeyan Cultural Association, the Committee of Founders, former member of Parliament, Hagop Kassardjian, and Michael Vahejian, Chairperson of the Lebanon Branch of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, Ramgavar, visited His Holiness Aram I to congratulate him and present their good wishes on the 19th anniversary celebration of his election as Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia.
They discussed the situation in Lebanon, other matters affecting the region and the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
On Thursday 3 July 2014, the Catholicos received the separate visits of Parliamentarians Hagop Pakradouni and Jean Oghassabian. Both members of the Lebanese Parliament discussed the process of electing the new President of Lebanon.
Later in the day, His Holiness Aram I received composer Robert Amirkhanian; the committee of the Hamazkayin Cultural Association accompanied the composer. Mr Amirkhanian and the Catholicos discussed the situation of artists and cultural life in Armenia.
At the end of the week, Dr. Alexi Mukarzel met with His Holiness Aram I and gave him a letter of invitation to a conference to be held in Washington in September 2014 on the conflict in the Middle East and the Challenges to Christians in the region.