On April 30, President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan visited the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to meet with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
The Head of the State expressed his gratitude to His Holiness for his constant support of Artsakh, emphasizing that the Armenian people, especially the Armenians of Artsakh, are once again living through crucial times, and the prayers and efforts of the Catholicos and the entire clergy are very important to overcome the existing trials.
The Catholicos of All Armenians conveyed his blessings and best wishes to the President and people of Artsakh, expressing confidence that all the difficulties and trials during this difficult and responsible period for Armenia and Artsakh will be overcome with national unity and the spirit of courage and endurance specific to our people.
The meeting also addressed the challenges faced by the Armenians of Artsakh, the steps aimed at overcoming the aftermath of the 44-day war, and security issues. Both sides expressed concern over the ongoing provocative actions and anti-Armenian policy conducted by Azerbaijan. His Holiness and the Artsakh Republic President highlighted the support of friendly countries and the international community in defending the right of the people of Artsakh to live freely and independently, considering necessary the consistent support of the Armenians all over the world in strengthening Artsakh and building a safe and secure life.
Special reference was made to the activity of the Artsakh Diocese, as well as the issues of preservation of the Armenian spiritual-cultural historical heritage in the territories under the control of Azerbaijan.