12, 2011

President Serzh Sargsyan visited today the City Hall of Venice

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President Serzh Sargsyan visited today the City Hall of Venice. The President of Armenia attended the ceremony of signing the agreement which commences the process of declaring Yerevan and Venice sister-cities. The document was signed by the Mayor of Yerevan Taron Margarian and Mayor of Venice Giorgio Orsoni.

The Mayor of Yerevan thanked his counterpart, Mayor Giorgio Orsoni for his readiness to support the process of announcing Yerevan and Venice sister-cities and for the warm welcome. Taron Margarian noted that both cities have rich historical and cultural heritage and excellent prospects of cooperation. He expressed confidence that cooperation between the sister-cities will be more efficient, encompassing all areas specified in the agreement. T. Margarian invited the Mayor of Venice to Yerevan to participate on April 23, 2012 at the celebrations dedicated to Yerevan – the World Book Capital event, and in October together with the delegation from Venice to participate at the celebration dedicated to the 2794th anniversary of Yerevan.

Giorgio Orsoni noted that Venice was greatly please to sign agreement with Yerevan on becoming sister-cities. In his words, this a great event for the peoples of both countries which signifies a new step in the sixteen ages long road connecting Venice to the Armenian people. Mayor Orsoni underscored that throughout history, the bilateral relations have strengthened and enriched with new achievements not only between Venice, Mkhitarian Congregation but also between Venice, the Armenian state and active and large Armenian communities all over the world. According to the Mayor, the Armenians are part of Venice’s history starting from the very origin of the city and has always been instrumental in the economic, cultural and spiritual development of the city.

Mayor Orsoni said that it was enigmatic that the day before, at the discussions in the City Hall dedicated to the agreement on establishing sister-cities status a question was raised why Venice had not signed such agreement with the capital of Armenia decades ago.

After the signing ceremony, President Serzh Sargsyan congratulated the Mayors of Yerevan and Venice and thanked the City Hall of the city for highlighting the importance and necessity of such document. According to the President of Armenia, it is called to proved once again that the two nations are no strangers to each other and ages-long friendly relations inherited from our ancestors should be continue and elevated to a new higher level.

Concluding his working visit to Italy and Vatican, delegation headed by the President of Armenia today has returned to Yerevan.

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