President of Armenia receives prestigious Award by EastWest Institute

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian received the John Edwin Mroz Global Statesman Award of the EastWest Institute which is named in the honor of Co-Founder of the Institute, American diplomat John Mroz. The Annual Awards Gala ceremony took place on October 3 in New York.

To note, among the awardees of the EastWest Institute are the 41st President of the United States George Bush, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, former President of Finland, winner of the Noble Peace Prize for year 2008 Martti Ahtisaari, and others.
At the official award ceremony, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the EastWest Institute Ross Perot said the Award is handed for the president’s long-lasting career and achievements in statesmanship as well for considerable contribution to global development.

“The selection of the President of the Republic of Armenia has come to augment his vast experience in the areas of Physics, private sector, and state administration,” Ross Perot said.

Armen Sarkissian expressed his gratitude for the award and noted in his speech that the award is very important for him while the EastWest Institute is not just a think tank among many in the world but a special institution.

“It’s a great honor for me to represent my nation and my state here. I really have a dream or a vision for the future and that dream or a vision which includes also the fact or the reality that we are facing. i.e. where this world is moving to,” President Sarkissian noted.

In the president’s words the 21st century is the century of research, development, new technologies, when things will be done and ruled by new ideas,

“I truly believe that the 21st century is Armenia’s century. That’s why I think we will be victorious. I am happy to be part of the Armenian nation. We are a small state but a global nation. There are not many nations of that sort. But I do believe that small states but global nations that have the global connectivity can get together and build their own country. That’s the future, and I do believe that the institutions like the EastWest Institute are going to be among the leaders of the 21st century,” President Sarkissian stated in his speech.

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