The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Please accept our warm congratulations on your inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America.
The faithful of the Armenian Apostolic Church across America welcome your election. We stand ready to work with you and your administration to protect our common values, strengthen U.S.-Armenia ties, and advance the cause of peace across Eurasia, the Middle East, and around the world.
I recall with joy our brief meeting in early May of 2015 during the centennial remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in Washington DC’s National Cathedral. Our community appreciates the friendship and fellowship you have shown towards Americans of Armenian heritage both at that sacred commemoration and during your years in the U.S. Senate. Then as now, we share your vision of a world that respects human rights and upholds universal humanitarian values – a global community committed to democracy, self-determination, and genocide prevention.
Our Church in the U.S.A., under the leadership of H. E. Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian (Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York, N.Y.) and H. E. Archbishop Torkom Donoian (Armenian Prelacy, 6252 Honolulu Ave. La Crescenta, CA) and our community look forward to working with your administration to deepen the bonds that have drawn together the American and Armenian people for more than a century. We also look forward to establishing, at long last, official U.S. recognition and ongoing remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you once again, either individually, or as part of a delegation of Middle East Christian spiritual leaders, as we did with President Obama in September of 2014.
I wish you success in all your endeavors. May God bless you and the United States of America.
CATHOLICOS OF CILICIA