Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attended the opening session of the United Nations, delivered his historic speech and on Sunday, September 23, met with members of the Armenian Community from the East and West Coast.
During the reception, he spoke at length about Armenia’s political issues and how his governments is trying to solve them. He added that on his return to Yerevan he will meet with representatives of major political forces to discuss time frames for the snap elections.
In New York, he met with the representatives of the Armenian political Parties – The ARF, the Hunchakian Party and the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, the Rangavars represented by the West coast Chairman Dr, Raffi Balian. They discussed Diaspora and Armenian issues, and Dr. Raffi Balian stated that the ADL, believes in the new government and is ready to support it. Pashinyan thanked Balian, who was accompanied by Norayr Megerdichian, chairman of the ADL East Coast.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan arrived in New York on September 23, he was accompanied by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. While in New York Parshinyam met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters on September 24.
Nikol Pashinyan also visited the “Armenia!” exhibition the Met together with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II. The PM viewed the exhibitions encompassing the very best of Armenian arts and culture spanning from the 4th to 17th centuries. In his remarks, the PM noted 2018 is a symbolic year, a year when the Armenian-American cultural ties have significantly strengthened.
“This year, Armenian culture is presented in the United States of America in an unprecedented way, bringing Armenia’s cultural and civilization legacy closer to our American friends. This year marks the 400th anniversary of Armenian presence on American soil. In 1618, the first Armenian [in North America], named Martin, reached the shores of Virginia and settled in Jamestown. Since that day, the presence of our countrymen on this soil has not been disrupted, as well as their contribution in the culture of their new homeland. This year more earlier Armenian culture, customs, and traditions were displayed in Washington, D.C, in the heart of the U.S capital, in the National Mall, within the framework of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. It enabled us the unprecedented chance to present the Armenian culture with its unique diversity to the American society, as well as thousands of tourists who arrived from different parts of the world. Few weeks ago our two peoples together celebrated the 110th anniversary [of birth] of Pulitzer-winning novelist William Saroyan’s legacy, which is valuable for our two peoples, the Saroyan museum was opened in the city of Fresno in Saroyan’s native California. As the culmination of this unprecedented eventful cultural year for Armenia in the United States, now I have the honor and personal privilege to witness the opening of this unique exhibition, in many ways an exclusive exhibition,” the PM said, adding that the exhibition presents the Armenian integrated culture, also as a representative of western culture and Christian civilization.