10, 2021

Interstate relations with the Holy See have always stood out with high-level dialogue. President Armen Sarkissian met with the Secretary of State of the Holy See Pietro Parolin

The President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, who is in the Vatican on an official visit, met with the Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Secretary of State for Relations with the States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher also attended the meeting.

The President of the Republic once again emphasized the continuous development of the interstate relations between Armenia and the Holy See, emphasizing the significant contribution of the Secretary of State in that matter. "We appreciate the messages delivered by His Holiness during the war that afflicted the Armenian people last year, and after that, the humanitarian aid to Ashotsk Hospital," said President Sarkissian.

The President reaffirmed Armenia's interest and commitment to deepen interstate relations with the Holy See, noting that they have always been characterized by high political dialogue, based not only on Christian values but also on common historical and spiritual heritage and similar approaches to the challenges of the modern world.

The President of Armenia welcomed the decision of His Holiness to establish an Apostolic Diocese in Yerevan, which will be officially inaugurated soon, once again proving the mutual commitment to develop the interstate relations between Armenia and the Holy See and to deepen the cooperation.

President Sarkissian and Cardinal Parolin also spoke about cultural cooperation. The interlocutors stressed the existing fraternal relations and strong ties between the Roman Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, and Armenian Catholic churches.  

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