YEREVAN — On November 20, 2014, Republic of Armenia President Serzh Sargsyan welcomed Mr. Vasken Kaltakdjian, Chairman of the Louisiana chapter of the Armenian Council of America, and member of the Central Committee of Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, along with a delegation of the SDHP Central Committee and SDHP Armenia leadership.

At the meeting, President Sargsyan awarded Mr. Kaltakdjian the Mkhitar Gosh medal, in recognition of his contributions to strengthening U.S.-Armenia relations, Armenia-Diaspora relations and the many years of dedicated service on behalf of the Armenian-American community.

Mr. Kaltakdjian considered receiving the high award a great honor and expressed gratitude to such an assessment of his endeavors in the United States, and especially in the State of Louisiana. Mr. Kaltakdjian asserted that he will continue his political advocacy to benefit U.S.-Armenia relations, the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh and the Armenian people.

The Medal of Mkhitar Gosh is awarded for outstanding state and social-political activities, as well as significant services in the spheres of diplomacy, law and political science.

The Armenian Council of America is a grassroots organization dedicated to working with all political leaders, offering Armenian related news, analysis and resources for policymakers, media, students and activists, and advocating issues important to Armenian Americans. The Armenian Council of America aims to strengthen U.S. – Armenia and U.S. – Nagorno Karabakh ties, the development of programs promoting sustainable economic growth and good governance in Armenia, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship.

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