In the course of his three day official visit to Lebanon, the President of the Republic of Armenia his Excellency Serge Sarksian visited also the President of the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Megrditch Karagoezian. Accompanying his Excellency was a delegation of four state ministers and other high officials.
The visit took place at noon of Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the reception hall of the First Armenian Evangelical Church of Beirut. Present were also the Chairman and members of the Central Committee of the Union and pastors.
At the entrance of the hall, his Excellency the President of Armenia was welcomed by the representative groups of students from the six Armenian Evangelical schools in Lebanon, who applauded the President enthusiastically. The President greeted the students joyfully and stressed that it is he who applauds them.
After words of greetings and thanks, Rev. Megrditch Karagoezian highlighted the fact that the Armenian Evangelical Church and Community stand by the Motherland in hearty prayers for the well-being of the Armenian People. He stressed that “we want to see a strong Motherland, with the participation of all constituents of the Nation”.
President Serge Sarksian appreciated the ecclesial, educational and social services of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Armenia and the Diaspora highly and reiterated the fact that “all Armenians, however small a community, are important for the Motherland, each in their scope of work”.
At the conclusion of the amicable conversation, the President of the UAECNE honored the President of Armenia with a special gift. Beside the Lord’s Prayer, the inscription read: “With wishes of sunny and good days and with commitment of faithfulness and love”.
At the end of the visit, the President of the Republic of Armenia bid those present farewell, wishing them renewed strength and encouragement in the task of preserving this very important community of Lebanese-Armenians.