MONTEVIDEO — On April 7, a ceremony was held at the Reception hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, on the occasion of the release of stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Foreign Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of tourism and sport Lilian Keshishian, Montevideo Mayor Ana Olivera, Post Office president Solange Moreira, Ambassador of Armenia to Uruguay Alexan Harutyunyan, high-ranking officials of Uruguay, politicians and public figures, Ambassadors, scientists and academicians, representatives of the Armenian community organizations in Uruguay and journalists attended the event.

In their remarks, Post Office president Solange Moreira, Minister of tourism and sport Lilian Keshishian, the Primate of the Uruguay Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Hagob Kelendjian stressed the role of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in the process of international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, commended and expressed gratitude for the stamp redemption by Uruguay dedicated to the memory of victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Keynote Speaker at the ceremony, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Novoa reaffirmed Uruguay’s stance regarding the Armenian Genocide. In his message, he, particularly, mentioned, “Uruguay reaffirms its stance, condemning the Armenian Genocide and its complete solidarity with the fight for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Uruguay was the first to recognize the Armenian Genocide in the force of law, 50 years ago. It was considerable step in the fight that continues till now.”

In his remarks, Rodolfo Nin Novoa commended the role and significance of the Armenian community in political and public life of Uruguay.

Foreign Minister of Uruguay touched upon bilateral Armenian-Uruguayan relations, high-level visits paid, signed agreements. In this context, Rodolfo Nin Novoa stressed significance of the agreement on liberalization of visa regime between two states, as well as potential in economic, social, trade, cultural and political spheres; and importance of development and strengthening of cooperation.

Foreign Minister of Uruguay concluded with following words, “This stamp is abundant in its essence and sense, as it pays tribute to all the victims of the heinous crime of Genocide, which we disdain and condemn.”

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