Prelate Welcomes Ambassador John Heffern


On Sunday, May 18, 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern paid a courtesy visit to the Prelacy where he had a cordial meeting with H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate.  The Ambassador was joined by Mr. Jeffrey Paretchan, Deputy Director of the Economic Growth Office of USAID/Armenia.

Joining the Prelate were Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian, Archpriest Fr. Nareg Pehlivanian, and Executive Council members Mr. Vahan Bezdikian, Mr. Meher Der Ohanessian, and Dr. Dikran Babikian.  Central Executive member Mr. Vahe Yacoubian also participated in the meeting.

The Prelate and honored guest exchanged information on their current and planned endeavors.  Ambassador Heffern spoke of the Embassy’s endeavors, most notably potential future projects in tourism related to cultural tourism and preservation. Middle East affairs and Karabakh were also among the topics discussed.

At the conclusion of the visit, the Prelate presented the Ambassador with Hrair Hawk Khatcherian’s photo book “Yergir to Yergir” and a copy of “A Collection of Spiritual Reflections”, a recent publication of sermons and messages authored by His Eminence.  Ambassador Heffern thanked the Prelate for the warm welcome on his second visit to the Prelacy.

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