PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 15, 2019: Notre-Dame de Paris, a Catholic cathedral founded in the 11th century, has caught fire. Best quality available. Stoyan Vassev/TASS (Photo by Stoyan VassevTASS via Getty Images)

Armenia Sends Condolences to France for Notre Dame Blaze

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YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Various leaders in Armenia issued letters of support to their French counterparts as well as the people of the nation over the tragic fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, April 15.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a condolence letter to President of France Emmanuel Macron.

“Honorable Mr. President, we are shocked by the tragedy that took place in Paris. Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most significant and beloved symbols of European civilization and the entire Christian world. For Armenians it is a unique embodiment of the French culture and spiritual heritage which we have identified with Paris and its centuries-old history.

Armenia expresses its solidarity with the French people and shares their feelings. At the same time, we hope that all of us will take the necessary steps to restore the former look of the temple.”

Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan wrote to his Parisian counterpart, Anne Hidalgo.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Paris,” he wrote.

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Leader of the Armenian Church Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II added, “It is with deep pain in our hearts that we follow the tragedy that is happening in Paris. The Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the centuries-old testimony of Christian faith, and together with its historic mission also an important symbol in modern times of our friend France. We express our prayers and support to all people of France, to our Catholic sister church.”

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