Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan has sent a congratulatory message to the Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, on his birthday.

“I attach great importance to your role in strengthening the cooperation between the government of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church,” the message reads, in particular. “The Armenian Apostolic Holy Church has a great importance and role in the lives of our people—in terms of strengthening the spiritual values, preserving the national identity. And I am confident you will continue your effective work in that regard.”