Official reception was held in the Australian state of New South Wales in honor of the Catholicos of All Armenians

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On February 4, an official reception was held in the state of New South Wales in Australia, on the occasion of Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians' pontifical visit to Australia.

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Press Service reports that governor Gladys Berejiklian received Armenian Catholicos in the parliament.

His Holiness welcomed the participants of the reception, as well as representatives of different Churches and Armenian organizations, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to meet.

"Your united presence at this meeting is a beautiful witness of respect for Armenian people, the Armenian Church, and friendship.

We have also come to express our gratitude to the Australian Government, the state, the city authorities , who kindly support the Armenian community in organizing and strengthening the Armenian national-church life in this picturesque continent.

For us, as the spiritual head of the Armenian Church and the first servant, is a delight to see the love and respect that our people, as worthy and law-abiding citizens, enjoy in Australia, " - said His Holiness Karekin II.

Talking about the national and spiritual life of the Australian-Armenian community, the Catholicos of All Armenians confirmed that the active activity of the Armenian people is also a great and important contribution to the strengthening of relations and cooperation between Australia and Armenia.

His Holiness expressed hope that the friendship and cooperation between the countries would be more preoccupied with the activities of diplomatic missions, and the relevant bodies of the Republic of Armenia and the Australian Union will take appropriate steps in the near future to establish diplomatic relations.

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