President Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Nova Justiniana and All Cyprus.
President Sargsyan attached importance to inter-religious tolerance and respect for each other’s faith, which, he said, is one of the pillars of the Armenian-Cypriot friendship.
Noting that the reciprocal sympathy between the Armenian and Cypriot peoples is connected with their commitment to and respect for the same universal values, Serzh Sargsyan noted that the church has been implementing this important mission for centuries. He added that the church also assumed part of the state’s role in a period of Armenian history, when we had lost statehood.
President Sargsyan said “the issues of reinforcement of religious values remains important today, taking into consideration that the current globalization processes are full of negative consequences, and fighting them is the imperative of the time, especially for small peoples, from the point of view of preservation of national identity, cultural and religious values.
During the meeting President Sargsyan expressed gratitude to the authorities and people of Cyprus for the careful attitude towards Armenians in the country.
The Archbishop of All Cyprus praised the warm brotherly relations established with the Armenian people. He said the Church of Cyprus maintains good relations with the whole Christian world, including the Armenian Church, which, he said contributes to the reinforcement of inter-state relations.