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US Ambassador to Turkey visits Armenian Church on Akhtamar Island

US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, accompanied by his spouse, Marie Ricciardone, visited the historical Armenian St Cross Church on Akhtamar Island in Lake Van and invited Americans to visit Van.

“Van is a very special, very important and historic venue for Armenians and Americans,” Ambassador Ricciardone said, Turkish Milliyet reports.

“Those who come here come without hesitation. This is a place worth seeing, a place full of peace,” he said.

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