The Minister of Diaspora Receives the AEWC and AMAA Delegations

PARAMUS, N.J.—Armenia’s Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received the delegation of the Armenian Evangelical World Council (AEWC) and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), who were in Armenia to attend the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Independence of Armenia and the 170th anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Church.

Minister Hakobyan welcomed the guests and extended congratulations on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence and the 170th anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Church. “I am glad that you are in Armenia these days when we proudly celebrate the 25th anniversary of our independence. In the achievements during the 25 years of our independence, I would like to stress three of them. The first is the existence of the two Armenian Republics, the second is our powerful military establishment, and the third, the creation of institutional structures that have been successfully cooperating with international organizations,” she said.

The delegations with Minister Hakobyan
The delegations with Minister Hakobyan

Minister Hakobyan highly appreciated the invaluable role of the Diaspora during the difficult days of the establishment of an independent statehood and expressed her gratitude for the contribution of the Armenian Evangelical Church. The Minister also stressed the huge role of Haigazian University, the only Armenian institution of higher education in the Diaspora.

Rev. Megrditch Karagoezian, AEWC President, thanked the Minister for her warm words of appreciation. “More than obligation, it’s a joy for the members of the Armenian Evangelical Church to help the Homeland. We are seeing the tangible achievements during the past 25 years, and the dedication and the efforts of the young generation in keeping the homeland with their blood and sweat,” he said.

During the meeting, Zaven Khanjian, Executive Director/CEO of AMAA said, “the AMAA has an undivided and enduring commitment towards Armenia and is ready to do everything possible in order to achieve as quick as possible a strong homeland that we all dream of.”

Rev. Dr. Vahan Tootikian, the Executive Director of the Armenian Evangelical World Council; Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University; Rev. Haroutune Selimian, the President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria; and others also expressed their appreciation.

In closing, Minister Hakobyan wished success to the jubilee Celebration of the 170th Anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Church, which took place in the Aram Khachadourian Music Hall on Sept. 25.


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  1. Unfortunately the Diaspora Minister was re-elected in the new cabinet. We need a diaspora minister from the diaspora to build a strong bridge with the Homeland. Somebody, who knows the diaspora potential with its technological, economic and management expertise.

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