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Antelias: His Holiness Aram I receives Sheikh Abdel Amir Kabalan

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    Catholicosate of Cilicia
    Communication and Information Department
    Contact: V.Rev.Fr.Krikor Chiftjian, Communications Officer
    Tel: (04) 410001, 410003
    Fax: (04) 419724
    E-mail: [email protected]

    PO Box 70 317

    Armenian version:


    His Holiness Aram I received a delegation headed by the Head of the Higher
    Islamic Shiite Council (HISC) Sheikh Abdel Amir Kabalan in Antelias on June

    Primate of the Diocese of Lebanon, Bishop Kegham Khatcherian, member of the
    National Council, Tsolag Tutelian, chairman of the Armenian Political
    Council in Lebanon, Hagop Shamelian, representative of the Armenian
    community in the Christian-Muslim Dialogue committee, Dr. Jean Salmanian and
    chancellor of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, Khatchig Dedeyan.

    The two spiritual leaders met for over an hour during which discussions
    focused on the Middle East in general and the internal situation in Lebanon
    in particular. Sheikh Kabalan talked with great respect about the Armenian
    community of Lebanon as an organized and exemplary community. He emphasized
    the important role of community leaders in strengthening the internal unity
    of Lebanon, keeping the people above internal sensitivities and personal
    interests and pursuing the collective and chief interests of Lebanon.

    His Holiness Aram I recalled his first encounter with Imam Moussa Sader in
    1970 when he was still a young priest attending a Christian-Muslim
    international conference. His Holiness also recalled his warm cooperation
    with Sheikh Shamseddine, reminding his guest of the existence of a strong
    and an organized Armenian community in Iran.

    Speaking about Lebanon, His Holiness said: "The unity of Lebanon, its
    sovereignty, integrity and the coexistence of its communities have become
    unchangeable principles and chief values for the Armenians of Lebanon. The
    approach and commitment of the Armenians of Lebanon stays the same: it is
    with this realization that we, as a community, have first fulfilled our
    obligations and then demanded our rights. More than ever, today I consider
    the strengthening of the internal unity of Lebanon to be an imperative

    At the end of the meeting Sheikh Kabalan invited the Catholicos to
    participate in the Chrisitian-Muslim inter-communal meeting to be held in
    the center of Shiites in Hazmiyeh on July 20. The two spiritual leaders then
    answered the questions of reporters. The pontiff and Sheikh Kabalan
    condemned the recent attacks of Israel against Palestinians during their
    press conference.

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    The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
    the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the Ecumenical
    activities of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
    the Catholicosate, The Cilician Catholicosate, the
    administrative center of the church is located in Antelias, Lebanon.