Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, center, with guests

Reception in Honor of Foreign Minister of Armenia Held in New York

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NEW YORK — On July 20, a reception in honor of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan was held in the Ceremonial Hall of St. Vartan Cathedral.

UN officials, ambassadors accredited in New York and members of the diplomatic corps, religious leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church, leaders and representatives of the community structures were present at the reception.

Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, in his opening remarks noted that it is an opportunity not only to welcome the newly appointed Foreign Minister of Armenia, but also to bid farewell to the representative of Armenia to the UN. Highly appreciating the efforts of the Mnatsakanyan in presenting Armenia in this multilateral platform, Gregorian wished him all the success during his next, most responsible stage of his diplomatic career.

In his opening remarks, Very Rev. Daniel Findikyan, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, underscored that our Republic is not limited only to certain geographical borders. It is also a culture, a civilization, a vibrant and demanding youth both in Armenia and the Diaspora.

The Primate conveyed his best wishes to Mnatsakanyan as well as to the new government of Armenia in their efforts towards establishing justice for the Armenian people and, by our example, for all the peoples of the world.

Dr. Vartan Gregorian at the reception

Expressing gratitude to the attendees for effective cooperation and support provided for years, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan underlined that by assuming the post of the Armenian Foreign Minister, he is ready to share the great political responsibility for the processes in the country, which are based on the broad mandate and trust of the people.

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“And our actions based on this very mandate are clear. to ensure that the justice, democracy, rule of law prosper in our country. This was the history of our country during these past two months, and this process will continue.

“Maybe we are a small nation, but I represent a very proud people who are well aware of their history, their national identity, and I represent the nation with a high sense of justice, a very strong faith in humanity, international cooperation, peace,” stressed Mnatsakanyan.

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