YEREVAN, August 30. /ARKA/. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan talked to Catholicos Garegin the Second, Armenian Apostolic Church leader, and Catholicos Aram the First, the head of Cilicia Seat, today by telephone and discussed issues related to assistance for Syrian Armenians, the president’s press office reports.
Ways to protect the Armenian community and diplomats in Syria were discussed as well.
The president and the clerics decided to unite their efforts to do whatever possible for Syrian Armenians.
Cilicia Seat in Antelias, Lebanon, is one of Armenian Apostolic Church’s seats.
The Armenian community in Syria numbers at various estimates 100,000 people. The largest community is in Aleppo (60,000). Armenians also live in Damascus, Latakia and other cities.
Clashes between government troops and armed opposition in Syria have forced many Armenians to flee their homes.
Armenia has sheltered 7,000 Syrian Armenians. ---0---