GLENDALE–Armenian presidential advisor Vahan Hovanessian began his community-wide visits upon arrival to Los Angeles Friday evening. His first public appearance was on Saturday during a breakfast reception with representatives of all community organizations and political parties organized by the Armenian Consulate and hosted by the Armenian Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Melkonian.
Meeting the community representatives–who were gathered at Ambrosia Restaurant in Glendale–Hovanessian discussed the specifics of his responsibilities in the government–which include maintaining ties with Armenia’s public and political organizations. He also expressed hope that strengthening ties with organizations in the Diaspora would also benefit the new government of Armenia.
On Monday–Hovanessian visited the offices of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church–where he met with Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian and members of the Prelacy Executive and Religious councils.
Hovanessian was accompanied by members of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee Hovig Saliba and Arsen Danielian–as well as prominent community leader Avedis Ispendjian.
Hovanessian discussed the various positive changes taking place in Armenia during the two-hour-long meeting.
The Prelate–in return–discussed the activities of the prelacy focusing in the spheres of religion–education–culture and social services.
He told the presidential advisor that the Western Prelacy–as in the past–supported the strengthening of the Armenian state and would use all its resources on the road to that principle. Prelate Mardirossian also pledged his and the prelacy’s support and solidarity to Armenia’s president and the government.
The meeting was also important in that the Prelate and Hovanessian were able to discuss a slew of wide-ranging issues–such as the mission of the Armenian church and the important role it plays in the field of education.
The two specifically addressed the possibility of working with Armenia’s Education Ministry to develop Armenian textbooks.
Prelate Mardirossian presented Hovanessian with copies of the new textbooks–recently published by the Prelacy Education Committee. The presidential advisor promised that he would take the text- books to Education Minister Levon Mkrtchian for his assessment and input.
Following the meeting at the Prelacy–the delegation visited the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school in Hollywood.
Hovanessian also held a press conference Monday evening at the Glendale Armenian Center–following which he met with more than 75 individuals representing the community’s academic and intellectual realms.