On February 16, 2018, Armen Sarkissian, Armenia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom and its former Prime Minister, and most recently, the Republic’s ruling party nominee for the upcoming presidential elections, paid a visit to AGBU Armenia.
Mr. Sarkissian explained to news reporters, “The State should support the non-profit sector here in Armenia for a number of reasons, including helping them coordinate efforts to reduce duplication of services.”
After touring AGBU’s state-of-the-art building, Mr. Sarkissian met with AGBU Armenia President Vasken Yacoubian and other AGBU executives. They were then joined by the leaders of other non-governmental organizations to discuss ways to increase cooperation between the government and non-profit organizations to achieve maximum impact.
In a post-meeting interview, Mr. Yacoubian called it a “healthy discussion” centered on how benevolent organizations can play a greater role in bridging the diaspora and Armenia. He reinforced AGBU’s vision that the strength and success of both are inter-dependent.
“We explained our belief that AGBU can be the bridge between Armenia and the diaspora, and that this must be a two-way bridge,” explained Mr. Yacoubian.
In sharing his views on a broad range of topics, Mr. Sarkissian said “I believe in a national dialogue.” He continued, “Regardless of who becomes the president of Armenia, whether it is me or someone else, the president should be the figure who launches that conversation both inside and outside the country so that we do not have lines that divide…between the rich and poor, between this political party and that, between an Armenian from Armenia and an Armenian from the diaspora.”
Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world's largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 500,000 Armenians around the world.
For more information about AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit www.agbu.org