On Sunday, October 9, a governmental delegation headed by foreign minister Vartan Oskanian arrived in Sydney. Members of the Armenian community of Australia met the Armenian delegation at the airport.
Mr. Oskanian took part first in a liturgy at Surp Harutyun church of Sydney where he made a brief speech to believers.
In the evening of that day Mr. Oskanian met a huge group of compatriots and answered their questions highlighting the recent events in Armenia.
A press conference followed the meeting.
“The central meeting of the visit is the one with Alexander Downer [foreign minister of Australia] to discuss bilateral relations”, Vartan Oskanian said, “I want especially to stress to him the regional issues and explain the Nagorno Karabakh issue as to its development, importance of its regulation as well as Armenian-Turkish, EU-Turkey relations and economic issues.
“I will also meet with parliament members (Armenian-born Joe Hock, chairman of Liberal Party) Clatis Perechikean and John Watkins. After this I will leave for Indonesia.”
By Areg Yaputchian in Sydney