BUENOS AIRES–Argentina’s Foreign Minister Rafael Antonio Bielsa–who returned from a vist to Armenia less than two weeks ago–was honored at the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)"Armenia" center in Buenos Aires.
ARF Bureau member Mario Nalbandian–ARF South America Representative Haroutioun Hovanessian–and other members of the party greeted Bielsa who received applause as he entered the center’s restaurant.
During his visit to Armenia–Bielsa had meetings with President Robert Kocharian–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–as well as deputy speaker of Armenia’s parliament–Vahan Hovhannisian.
A video presentation detailed Bielsa’s trip to Armenia–and highlighted the Foreign Minister’s readiness to help strengthen relations between the two countries.
Armenia’s Ambassador to Argentina–Ara Ayvazian told the gathering that the Foreign Minister’s trip to Armenia is significant when considering the potential for developing business between the two countries. Ayvazian thanked Bielsa for backing Armenia on a variety of political issues.
South America Armenian National Committee Representative Pedro Mouradian pointed to the years-long relationship with Bielsa–and the foreign minister’s lasting cooperation.
Bielsa outlined his formal meetings in Armenia–preferring to rather reflect on the human elemen’s and emotional impact of the visit. He recalled his feelings when visiting the monument to the victims of the Armenian genocide–and his brief visit with Catholicos Karekin II.
As a token of appreciation–the ARF South America presented a piece of artwork to Bielsa.