ETCHMIADZIN — The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin will host international consultations on “The Crisis in Syria: Challenges for Religious Communities” on June 11-12.

The consultation organized within the framework of the presidency of his Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, at the Would Council of Churches, will bring together representatives of Christian Churches from the Middle East, Syria, Russia, different European countries and the United States.

The consultations will focus on the following topics: “Political developments in Syria and the humanitarian perspective,” “The Presence and of Christians in the Middle East and testimonies of developments in the Arab World,” “The Armenian communities in the Middle East and Syria and their perspectives.”

The opening ceremony will take place at Matenadaran’s Vache and Tamar Manukean Hall and will be presided over by His Holiness Karekin II. Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and Secretary General of the World Council of Churches Olav Tveit will be present at the ceremony.

On June 12 the participants of the consultations will visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.

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