Wed 20-03-2019 17:34 PM
OTTAWA, 20th March, 2019 (WAM) -- Fahad Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbany, UAE Ambassador to Canada, met with Bishop Papken Charian, Bishop of the Canadian Diocese of Armenian Christians, and Father Vartan Tashgian, to discuss the ties between the UAE and Armenia, as well as the launch of the UAE Embassy in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
During the meeting, Al Raqbany spoke about the Year of Tolerance in the UAE and the values it aims to promote, especially as the world has witnessed a crime that targeted people praying in a mosque.
He also discussed the importance of promoting the culture of compassion and mutual respect while highlighting the visit of Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, to the UAE, which is the first visit of its kind in the Gulf region, as well as the signing of the "Human Fraternity Document," which is a message that will help the world achieve joint cooperation and peaceful coexistence.
He also noted the Hope Makers Initiative, which was launched by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Charian praised the UAE’s support for its Armenian community and expressed his personal gratitude to the UAE, after remembering his happy memories from a period he spent living in the UAE while pointing out the long history of Armenians in the Arab region, and highlighting the situation of the Armenian community in Canada.