01, 2011

State dinner in honor of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Mrs. Rita Sargsyan.

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The President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias hosted a state dinner in honor of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and Mrs. Rita Sargsyan.


Toast of the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan at the state dinner hosted in his honor by the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias

Dear Mr. President:
Ladies and Gentlemen;

Thank you for the warm reception extended to us in Greece.

This state proves our keen mutual interest in continuing to develop our bilateral cooperation and elevating it to a new level.

The visit will certainly promote our centuries-old friendship and serve as a basis for the dynamic development of cooperation in different areas.

Our peoples are connected by numerous threads that are being woven from the ancient times. Works by ancient Greek historians such as Xenophon, Herodotus, and others contain precious information about Armenia and the Armenians.

The history of the Armenian community of Greece dates back to the fifth century. In the Byzantine era, Armenians played an important role in the political, military, economic, and cultural life of the Empire.

Our mutual fondness and friendship emerged, withstood the challenges of centuries, and grew into true brotherhood, as best illustrated in the beginning of the last century, when Greece generously provided shelter to the dozens of thousands of the Armenians who had survived the 1909 massacres of Adana, the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and the Smyrna atrocities in 1922. Many of their descendants still live in safety here, on the hospitable Greek land, and contribute with their work to the prosperity of your country, serving at the same time as a unique bridge between Armenia and Greece.

Since Armenia’s independence, the relationship between our countries transcended to a new level. We are cooperating closely in all - political, economic, military, cultural, and decentralization areas.

Our peoples have over history withstood daunting challenges and suffered under foreign yoke, but have never surrendered. Our peoples have maintained their national identity, cherished their culture and language, and struggled to achieve the right to live in freedom.

We share the same universal values and aspire for international security and peace, and trust the power of tolerance.

Contemplations about these European values cannot but bring to mind Ancient Greece, where democracy - the very cornerstone of these values - emerged as both as a word and a phenomenon.

In face of the economic crisis, Armenia and Greece have undertaken the reformation and development of their economic systems, working together for enhanced security and establishment of the area of peace and prosperity on the European Continent.

As a member of the European Union, Greece actively participates in the development and implementation of the Eastern Partnership initiatives. We anticipate the support of friendly Greece in furthering the cooperation between Armenia and the European Union.

Mr. President;

Greece has always been is Armenia’s friend. Lasting and strong relations cannot be built on short-lived interests. A credible partnership is inconceivable without shared values and commitment to the same ideas.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Allow me to raise my glass

In honor of His Excellency Karolos Papoulias, the President of the Republic of Greece,

For the prosperity of the Republic of Greece and the Greek people, and

To the glory of the everlasting Armenian-Greek friendship.

Thank you.

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