On August 21, President of the Artsakh Republic Arayik Harutyunyan sent a congratulatory letter to Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II on the occasion of his 71st birthday anniversary.
The letter runs as follows:
On behalf of the people, authorities of Artsakh and on my own behalf I extend my most heartfelt congratulations on this memorable day - your 71st birthday anniversary.
We know and highly appreciate in Artsakh your long-term patriotic and pro-national activity, selfless and devoted service to the Mother Church and your people. Your rightous activity has substantially contributed to strengthening the Armenian Apostolic Church, spread and strengthening of the Christian faith, consolidating and unifying Armenians around the world.
May the Almighty God grant peace, longevity and all good to you, our faithful people and the Armenian world!"