WASHINGTON — Friends and community members paid tribute to the outgoing Armenian Ambassador to the US Tirgran Sargsyan and his family at the farewell reception at St. Mary Armenian Church on January 14.
Sargsyan will assume the chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board in Moscow, Russia on February 1.
The farewell reception was presided over and attended by the Primate, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, and sponsored by St. Mary Parish Council. Also in attendance were Permanent Representative of the Republic of Karabagh in Washington Robert Avetisyan, the entire staff of the Armenian Embassy in Washington, Diocesan Legate Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Executive Director of Armenian Assembly Bryan Ardouny, Executive Director of Armenian National Committee Aram Hamparian and former US Ambassador to Armenia Michael Lemmon and his wife. Representing the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party were District Committee of US and Canada member Kevork Marashlian and Board member of ADL Armenia Varaztad Avoyan.
In his speech, Barsamian emphasized Sargsyan’s dedication to the Armenian nation which he has served as president of the Council of Araratian Diocese of Yerevan, director of Central Bank of Armenia, prime minister of Armenia and as ambassador to the United States, which embodies his values as religious, economic expert and politician. On behalf of Armenian Assembly, member of Board of Trustees Annie Totah thanked the ambassador for his cooperation during his short tenure in Washington and wished him success in his new leadership endeavor.
Also speaking at the program were Rita Balian and Father Hovsep Karapetian, pastor of St. Mary Church.
Ambassador Sargsyan thanked the Armenian Community of Greater Washington for their unconditional support given to Armenia, for their complete cooperation during the Centennial activities dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide last May.
On February 1, Grigor Hovhannisyan, former Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles and Ambassador in Mexico will assume his duties as the new ambassador to the US.