His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians today received the delegation led by First Vice-President of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala Felipe Alejos Lorenzana at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Lorenzana was accompanied by Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Lena Nazaryan.
During the meeting, the Supreme Patriarch expressed joy for the first steps aimed at establishing partnering ties between Armenia and Guatemala, and in this context, he attached importance to the signing of an agreement on friendship and parliamentary cooperation between the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.
His Holiness drew the delegation’s attention to the importance of condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and shed light on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the need for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The Supreme Patriarch voiced hope that the Guatemalan authorities would express their position on these issues which are important for the Armenian people.
Felipe Alejos Lorenzana expressed gratitude for the reception and stated that his visit to Armenia serves as a major step for further development of the relations and cooperation between the two countries. The Vice-President also presented the developments that have unfolded in the Republic of Guatemala over the past years and attached importance to exchange of experience and further strengthening of relations with Armenia.