Australia’s NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian Gets Armenian Red Carpet Treatment in D.C.

ANCA Hosts Leadership Meeting and Community Reception Honoring Visiting Premier

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) rolled out an Armenian red carpet for New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian during her visit to Washington, D.C. as part of Australia’s largest ever trade delegation to the United States.

Australia’s NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian offering remarks at the ANCA welcoming reception hosted at the Aramian House (Photo: ANCA)

During her official visit, Premier Berejiklian made time for a leadership meeting with the ANCA in their national headquarters, a community reception at the Aramian House, home to the ANCA’s youth training and career placement programs, and interviews with Voice of America and Armenian television stations.

“I am here in my capacity as the Premier of New South Wales, but I’m also here with you as someone who shares a common heritage of our Armenian culture and history. I want to thank you for the work you do on the ground here in Washington, D.C., thank you for the warm reception you’ve given me this morning, and please know that communities like yours all around the world support your activities,” the Premier underscored in her remarks to a capacity crowd of ANCA supporters at the Aramian House. ”We often look to D.C. and take great strength from what you’re doing to support Armenian communities around the world.” She closed with an invitation to the gathered youth to visit Australia, gain valuable international foreign policy experience as interns with her office, and maybe even volunteer for her re-election campaign.

Premier Berejiklian with Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Sebouh gomideh Greater Washington D.C. chair Sebouh Asatoorian and Artsakh Representative to the U.S. Robert Avetisyan (Photo: ANCA)

Video of her remarks in English and Armenian is available on the ANCA’s YouTube channel and below:

“We were honored to host Premier Berejiklian, a great leader in both the Australian and Armenian traditions,” said ANCA Communications Director Elizabeth Chouldjian. “Her visit to the ANCA reminds us, in very powerful and personal ways, that—as Armenians, diverse and dispersed across the globe—we remain informed by our common history, inspired by our shared values, and united in our enduring devotion to the future of the Armenian nation.”

Australia’s NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian with the ANCA’s Tereza Yerimyan and Haroutioun Margossian and alumni and current fellows of the Hovig Apo Saghdejian Capital Gateway Program (Photo: ANCA)

Photos from the meeting and reception are available on the ANCA’s Facebook page.

The granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivors, Berejiklian grew up an active member in Australia’s vibrant Armenian community, attending the Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society’s Saturday School, participating in Homenetmen scouts and basketball, and later taking leadership roles in the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) and Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).

Berejiklian with members of the ANCA National, Eastern Region and local Greater Washington team (Photo: ANCA)

Berejiklian joined the Liberal Party in 1993 and was first elected to represent Willoughby in the NSW Parliament in 2003, becoming NSW Transport Minister in 2011, Treasurer in 2015 and ascending to the position of NSW Premier in 2017, only the second woman to hold that post.

Alongside her successes in each of these positions, Berejiklian has been instrumental in representing Australian Armenian community concerns, advocating for state and federal recognition of the Armenian Genocide, supporting Republic of Artsakh freedom, and expanding Australia-Armenia ties.


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