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AGBU DELEGATION PARTICIPATED IN THE PAN-ARMENIAN CONFERENCE OF LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF DIASPORA ORGANIZATIONS

The pan-Armenian conference of leaders and representatives of Diaspora organizations dedicated to the 20th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Armenia took place on September 19-20 at Karen Demirchian Sports and Concert Complex. The official opening ceremony of the conference was attended by RA President Serzh Sargsyan, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia His Holiness Aram I, President of NKR Bako Sahakyan, other officials and guest. 550 leaders and representatives of 151 Diaspora organizations from 46 countries participated in the conference. An opening speech was made by President Sargsyan, who congratulated those present on the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence and spoke about issues vital for the strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora relations, national unity, Genocide recognition and preservation of the Armenian identity. The official opening ceremony was followed by the working session chaired by RA Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hakobyan. Welcoming speeches were delivered by Gagik Harutiunyan, Deputy chairman of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees, RA Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan, Director of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Hayk Demoyan. Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) also participated in the conference. The AGBU delegation was headed by AGBU Central Board member Vazken Yacoubian, who delivered the message of AGBU President Berge Setrakian. Also in the AGBU delegation were AGBU Europe Chairman Alexis Govciyan, AGBU Greece Chairman Tigran Abasian, Editor-in-chief of AGBU-AYA Lebanon “Khosnag” magazine Hampig Mardirossian, AGBU Diaspora Youth Programs Coordinator in Armenia Hermine Duzian, AGBU AVC Academic Director Hasmik Khalapyan, representatives of other AGBU worldwide chapters. Hasmik Khalapyan and Hermine Duzian made brief presentations during the education and youth sessions of the conference.

 

 

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