Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan addresses the audience.

Washington Community Commemorates Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia

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WASHINGTON — The Knights and Daughters of Vartan Washington, DC Chapters invited Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America Varuzhan Nersesyan to be the main speaker during the Celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia, on September 10, before his departure to Los Angeles to welcome Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the US.

Present were Representative of the Republic of Artsakh in US Robert Avedissian, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, staff members of the Armenian Embassy, representatives of community organizations.

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian

The event took place at the hall of St. Mary Armenian Apostolic church here. Master of ceremonies was Daughters of Vartan Matron Malvina Brown, who introduced the ambassador. Nersesyan started his diplomatic career at the age of 24 and has had many high-level posts including assistant to the prime minister; assistant to the president; deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the US; the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, among other diplomatic assignments.

Nersesyan received the Mkhitar Gosh Medal by a Decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia.

Nersesyan touched upon the achievements gained during the years of Independence 28 years ago, the victory in the Artsakh liberation war as well as the Diaspora’s role in developing and strengthening of Armenia. In this context he stressed the importance of Pan-Armenianism. Speaking about the Armenian non-violent and democratic revolution of 2018, and the achievements gained since the Revolution, he highlighted the vision on the development of Armenia till 2050 pronounced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Renaissance Square, in Stepanakert,  Artsakh. He went on describing the foreign policy of Armenia through the difficulties of closed borders. During question-and-answer period, he touched upon the importance of the help of the Armenian Diaspora during the last 100 years for the revitalization of Armenia.

Kevork Marashlian

Kevork Marashlian, commander of Knights of Vartan, expressed his gratitude to the ambassador for accepting the invitation and delivering the speech, and wished him luck.

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Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America Archbishop Vicken Aykazian made the closing remarks and mentioned that 28 years ago when the Independence was announced, he was in Athens, Greece, and upon receiving the news went to the central palace entrance where all the flags of the independent countries fly, sat and watched for hours the Armenian Flag. He then complimented the staff of the Armenian Embassy, who were all were present, for their difficult work and being young diplomats.

The event concluded with his blessings.

Matron Malvina Brown and the audience

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