LOS ANGELES—Governor Jerry Brown attended a luncheon in honor of President Serzh Sarkisian Monday in the Bradley Tower at City Hall co-hosted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
Saying that he was in the city where the largest number of Armenians live outside of Armenia, Sarkisian thanked Villaraigosa and other city officials for the warm hospitality and for their friendship with all Armenians.
“Our friendship is eternal, and I am very happy that Armenian-American relations have strengthened to a great extent in recent years. We are a young democratic country, but we are guided by those ideals for 1,700 years. And today, as well, our friend’s assistance and our potential help us secure progress in our country,” added Sarkisian.
In congratulating Armenia on its 20th anniversary Mayor Villaraigosa said in a statement that “as home to the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia, Los Angeles is honored to be a sister city to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.”
“Our City’s Armenian population has a proud, rich and enduring heritage. We are grateful for the lasting contributions this community has made to the economic and cultural growth of Los Angeles,” added the mayor.
“I’m honored to welcome President Sargsyan to Los Angeles as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Armenian independence,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian in announcing the luncheon.
“Despite immense challenges, the Republic of Armenia has blossomed over the last two decades in a region that is too often characterized by instability, corruption and strife. Here, in Los Angeles, the Armenian-American community has helped ensure Armenia’s well-being through unwavering moral support, generous contributions to worthy humanitarian organizations and joint business initiatives aimed at developing a robust economic infrastructure. Armenia’s continuing economic growth also offers great opportunities for business development, trade and job creation here in Los Angeles. I’m honored to recognize the efforts of so many across our city who’ve helped Armenia through the years and to celebrate two decades of independence,” added Krekorian.
At the luncheon, Sarkisian was presented several mementoes, among them a direction sign to Yerevan!
Sarkisian left Los Angeles for a state visit to France, after which he will travel to Poland to take part in the European Eastern Partnership conference.