YEREVAN, October 22. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan participated in the 87th meeting of Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Holy See of Echmiadzin on Saturday, the government reported.
“It is great honor for me to be present at such a large-scale event, which is important for all Armenians,” PM said at the meeting opening.
According to him, it is another opportunity to express gratitude to the Union for its immense work.
“I am proud that this patriotic, nationally oriented structure, established in Cairo in 1906 by Poghos Nubar, hasn’t become community or some local organization, but expanded over the whole world with its branches in 26 countries,” Mr Sargsyan said.
According to him, there are very few charity unions in the world, which have such rich biography and unite thousands of people eager to help the motherland.
“The work of AGBU is tangible in either Armenia or Diaspora. Foundation of American University of Armenia, construction of churches, implemented is association with Holy See of Echmiadzin, aid to Matenadaran (Institute of ancient manuscripts), financial assistance to National Academy of Sciences, a number of universities, a lot of cultural, educational, research and publishing programs are just a part of projects implemented by AGBU,” he noted.
He also reminded about Alex Manoogian, one of the best sons of the Armenian nation, who had been heading AGBU for many years. Manoogian used to say that personal success and welfare are something venomous for him, if the nation doesn’t get its share.
“AGBU is moving forward bearing this idea in mind, and it would be not bad if some other influential people had the same perception,” Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II said.
Armenian General Benevolent Union is one of the largest Armenian charity organizations. It was established in 1906 in Cairo under the initiative of political figure Poghos Nubar. -0-