His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians today hosted the delegation led by Speaker of the National Assembly of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Artur Tovmasyan at the residence of His Holiness.
Greeting the delegation, the Catholicos of All Armenians gave his blessings and expressed his kind wishes to the deputies. He also stated that Artsakh and the rights and problems of the Armenians of Artsakh have always been and will be in the focus of Armenian Patriarchs and affirmed that the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin did everything it could to support the Armenians of Artsakh with its dioceses and communities in the world from the very first day of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
During the meeting, the Catholicos of All Armenians expressed his appreciation to the authorities of Artsakh for the ongoing support to the Artsakh Diocese, as well as for restoration of historical shrines and construction of new cathedrals. The Armenian pontiff said he was particularly content with the teaching of history of the Armenian Church in schools in Artsakh.
In his turn, Speaker of the National Assembly of Artsakh Artur Tovmasyan congratulated the Catholicos of All Armenians on the 29th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence, touched upon the results of his official visit and the agreements on cooperation and added that he is glad that he is ending the official visit by visiting the Mother See and receiving the blessing of His Holiness.