His Holiness Aram I Met with the Defense Minister of Canada

05 June 2015

His Holiness Aram I met with Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defense of Canada.

His Holiness and Minister Kenney reflected on their meeting in Antelias, Lebanon back in August 2014, during the Minister’s special mission to assess the political situation and to discuss the problems of Christian communities in the region. His Holiness and Minister Kenny discussed issues related to the Middle East and the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

His Holiness Aram I decorated Minister Jason Kenney with Knight of Cilicia, an insignia of the Catholicosate, bestowing the Minister of Defense and Multiculturalism for his courage, dedication and continued support of the Armenian community and the Armenian Cause.

Prior to his meeting with Minister Kenney, His Holiness was invited to a special luncheon in the Canadian parliament as the guest of Dr. Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party and the Chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.

During both meetings His Holiness was joined by the following delegation, Bishop Meghrig Parikian, Prelate of the Armenian Prelacy of Canada, Dr. Girair Basmadjian, member of the Executive Council of the Catholicosate, Krikor Der Ghazarian, Chairperson of the Executive Council of the Armenian Prelacy of Canada, Raffi Donabedian, Chairperson of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, Hagop Der Khatchadourian, President of the Armenian National Committee International Council and V. Rev. Father Housig Mardirossian, Ecumenical Relations Officer of the Catholicosate.