YEREVAN, September 20. / ARKA /. Armenia has already an embassy in Vatican, which opened Thursday. Foreign minister Edward Nalbandian was in Rome to attend the official ceremony. It was followed by a reception in connection with the 22nd anniversary of Armenia's independence at the Palazzo de la Cancelaria.
Speaking at the ceremony minister Nalbandian described the day as ‘symbolic’ saying Armenia, as the first nation to embrace Christianity as a state religion, opened a diplomatic mission in the Holy See.
According to him, the opening of embassy in Vatican testifies to high level of bilateral relations and reflects Armenia’s desire to make them even deeper.
Nalbandian said when he worked as ambassador to France and Vatican he waited for the day when Armenia and Vatican would open diplomatic missions and appoint resident ambassadors to Yerevan and the Vatican. Nalbandian wished success to the Armenian ambassador to the Vatican Mikael Minasyan in the strengthening and deepening of relations between Armenia and the Holy See.
The reception organized by the Armenian ambassador, was attended by senior clerics of the Catholic and Armenian Apostolic churches, parliament members of both countries, Vatican-accredited ambassadors and members of the local Armenian community.
On the same day the Vatican hosted an exhibition dedicated to Saint Gregory the Illuminator called The Common Heritage of Christianity." -0-