Leaders of Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches of Australia visit Ministry of Diaspora

On June 27, Minister of Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan received the leaders of the Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand and the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches of Australia (Ghpti, Maronite).

The delegation included Director of the Department for International Relations and Protocol of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Grace Archbishop Natan Hovhannisyan; Patriarchal Delegate of India and the Far East, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian; Archbishop of the Catholics of Hobart (Tasmania), Archbishop Julian Porteus; Bishop of the Catholic Church of Melkit, Father Robert Rabbat; Leader of the Ghpti Church in New South Wales and Australia, His Holiness Bishop Daniel; Bishop of the Maron Church of Australia, His Holiness Anton Sharbel Taraba; pastor of the Armenian Catholic Church of Australia, Monsignor Basil Sousanian; Episcopal Vicar of the Catholic Church of Australia for Media and Evangelism Eli Nakhul and two representatives of Lebanon’s OTV.

Primate of the Armenian Diocese of New Zealand, His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian congratulated the Minister on assuming the office of Minister with responsibility. “We hope the great potential and experience of the Diaspora is used for the homeland’s empowerment. We believe that the new Armenian government will contribute to freedom of speech and justice,” the leader of the Armenian Diocese of New Zealand stated.

Najarian also talked about the invaluable role of the Church, which has been gathering Armenians and helping preserve the image of the nation for centuries.

Mkhitar Hayrapetyan extended thanks to the delegation for visiting the Ministry and stated that it was a great honor for him to host the spiritual leaders.

“For me, the Church and Christianity signify love, generosity and solidarity. I must say that the current government is also guided by this principle,” the Minister emphasized.

The meeting ended with questions and answers. In particular, the delegates asked about the organizing of repatriation, the main mission of the Ministry of Diaspora and the strategy on the engagement of Diaspora Armenians in the processes taking place in Armenia. Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan gladly answered all the questions and suggested working with a common agenda to solve certain issues that were raised.

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