17:53 28.11.2012

On the second day of his official visit to Lebanon, on November 27,
Serzh Sargsyan met with the President of Armenian Evangelistic Churches
in the Middle East, Rev Mkrtich Karagyozian, visited the Armenian
spiritual and cultural complex in Zmmara and met with the Armenian
Catholic Patriarch, His Eminence Ter Nerses Petros XIX. In Zmmara,
President Sargsyan participated in the official opening ceremony of
the cultural center and renovated section of the library (matenadaran)
dedicated to the 500th anniversary of publishing the Urbatagirq - the
first Armenian printed book and visited the exhibition of manuscripts
and ancient books.

"Throughout its millennia-long history, the Armenian nation had
pages full of glorious victories, enlightenment, cultural rebirth,
and struggle for physical existence. There can be no doubt that
the struggle for existence is a heroic mission. However, one is
overwhelmed with pride when one realizes that Armenians have been
able to create bounty and values everywhere they went. Etchmiadzin or
Saint Lazarus Island in Venice, Jerusalem or Vienna, or here in this
charming corner of Lebanon, Armenians have always manifested their
undying resilience," President Sargsyan said at the opening of the
cultural center in Zmmara.

According to the President of Armenia, the collection of the Armenian
manuscripts in Zmmara speaks volumes about our past, our history and
our ancient cultural heritage. "The Zmmara congregation, Matenadaran
and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs have come up with a commendable
initiative to study these manuscripts, to clean the dust of ages,
to bring out the fruits of our nation's thought and spread light on
the pages of our past. We will continue to support this initiative on
the state level so that this enormous material is examined, and comes
to serve not only the Armenian people but also the entire mankind,"
President Sargsyan said.

From: A. Papazian