The first Resident Ambassador of Armenia to the Holy See, Makael Minasyan, presented his credentials to Pope Francis.
The Armenian Ambassador and the Pope of Rome discussed the historic ties between Armenia and the Holy See, referred to the rich cultural and religious heritage.
Ambassador Minasyan noted that the Embassy will target the expansion of bilateral cultural ties, as well as the maintenance and restoration of the Armenian Christian legacy.
Ambassador Minasyan conveyed to the Pope the greetings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. He thanked Pope Francis for voicing his position on the Armenian Genocide during a recent meeting with Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholics.
Also, the Ambassador conveyed an invitation from President Serzh Sargsyan, and the Pontiff promised to consider the opportunity to visit Armenia.
Following the meeting with Pope Francis, Ambassador Minasyan met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.
Cardinal Bertone expressed gratitude to President Serzh Sargsyan for highlighting the further development of bilateral relations, and welcomed the decision to open an Embassy in Vatican and appoint a resident ambassador.
The Secretary of State informed that Vatican was considering the issue of opening the representation of the Holy See in Armenia.