Glendale, California – Representatives from the Artsakh Republic visited the ARS of Western USA Regional Headquarters on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The delegation was led by H.E. Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Primate of Artsakh, and included Narine Aghabalyan, Minister of Education, Science, and Sport and Robert Avetisyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Artsakh to the United States.
The ARS Regional Executive Board was joined by: ARS Central Executive Chairperson Dr. Nyree Derderian and CEB members Maral Matossian and Arous Melkonian; ARF Bureau members Dr. Viken Yacoubian and Aram Kaloustian; ARF-WR Central Committee representative, Garo Ispendjian; and representatives of the Hamazkayin Regional Executive, AYF Central Executive and ANCA Western Region.
In attendance were Maria Mehranian, President of Armenia Fund USA, and Greg Boyrazian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund USA, as well as ARS chapters executive members, former Central and Regional Executive members, sponsors and donors.
Rev. Fr. Ardak Demirjian represented H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian.
ARS Regional Executive Chairperson Silva Poladian welcomed the honored guests and gave the welcoming speech. Poladian noted that Artsakh is sacred to us, and we will continue to support and collaborate toward its prosperity.
Archbishop Martirosyan conveyed his message, commended the various projects, and praised the activities of the ARS and the participation of ARS members, who volunteer to support the many projects in Artsakh. He appreciated the moral and financial support of all Armenians.
Ms. Aghabalyan stated that the telethon unites us all for a shared mission, and that step-by-step all hardships will be overcome collectively. The proceeds from the event will be beneficial for installing solar power systems in the towns and villages of Armenia and Artsakh, as well as the construction of drinking water and irrigation networks in both Republics. She expressed her appreciation for the warm welcome and expressed gratitude for the continuous support.
Mrs. Mehranian gave a brief overview of preparations for the telethon.
The official meeting concluded with Ms. Aghabalyan presenting to the ARS a hand-woven carpet of Artsakh, and Silva Poladian presenting Michael Aram signature plates to the delegation.
Afterward, the delegation was hosted at a reception, during which ARS members wished success to Artsakh’s leaders and people.