The visiting delegation of National Assembly representatives with New York area clergy and community leaders

Armenian National Assembly Members Visit New York


By Hagop Vartivarian

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

NEW YORK — A delegation of Armenian National Assembly representatives visited New York on Saturday, March 10, and held a meeting with representatives of the Armenian community at St. Vartan Cathedral hosted by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). The delegation had previously visited Washington, DC, where they met with Congressmen and other high-ranking American government officials.

The representatives spoke about their efforts at establishing state contacts during new political developments in the West, as well as the electoral changes in Armenia. They praised the participation of diasporan Armenians in Armenia’s economic growth.

They talked about three important fields of cooperation with the United States and stressed the importance of the Armenian lobbying organizations in this country. While revealing their concerns about emigration from Armenia and economic improvement, they expressed the hope that the new government will quickly find solutions to these issues.

Barsamian called for cooperation and mutual confidence in an effort to fortify Armenia-diaspora relations and remarked that American Armenians were preparing to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of St. Vartan Cathedral in New York.

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Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan voiced his wishes for their success.

The visiting delegation included Arpine Hovhannisyan, one of the deputy speakers or vice presidents of the National Assembly and member of the Republican Party of Armenia, Armen Ashotyan, member of the same party and chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations, Naira Zohrabyan, member of the Prosperous Armenia Party of Gagik Tsarukyan, Edmon Marukyan of the Yelk opposition alliance, and Aghvan Vardanyan of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

Diplomats from the Armenian embassy in Washington and representatives of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation were present at the meeting.

(Translated from the Armenian)

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