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Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian Travels to Armenia, Meets with Government Leaders

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian during a meeting in Yerevan with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Washington, DC – Anthony Barsamian, Co-Chair of the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly), traveled to Armenia and met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and former President Robert Kocharyan this summer.

Joined by the Assembly’s Regional Office Director Arpi Vartanian, the meeting focused on relations between Armenia and the United States. Barsamian stated that the Assembly will continue its efforts to enhance Armenian American activism based on mutually shared values.

During the meeting, Barsamian also extended his condolences to the Armenian Republic and families of the soldiers killed in the Artsakh war last Fall.

While in Armenia, Barsamian was interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he elaborated on U.S.-Armenia relations under the Biden Administration and its increased humanitarian assistance and involvement in the region. He commented on the importance of building infrastructure in Armenia, alongside U.S. partnership, to assist in strengthening Armenia’s security and prosperity.

Regarding the post-war situation, Barsamian urged for the immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war and intensified efforts from the OSCE Minsk Group to negotiate a comprehensive peace agreement. Barsamian cited security as the primary issue for Armenia at the moment.

Despite the milestone of U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, Barsamian noted the work of the Assembly carries on as the international trend of affirmation continues. Barsamian also noted the importance of Turkey coming to terms with its past.

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan

“This visit provided an important opportunity to strengthen relations and discuss current developments in Armenia and the United States as we all work toward a secure and peaceful Armenia and Artsakh,” said Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian.

‘Bloodless’ Wins Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary at the 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival

Bared Maronian’s Bloodless Was Selected Amongst 150 Officially Selected Films of the Year

COCONUT CREEK, FL – ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy‘ documentary feature film snatched two of the top awards at the prestigious 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival–The Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary award–during the May 2nd Awards Ceremony, held virtually due to the pandemic. The Feature Documentary film, Bloodless, by four-time regional Emmy award- winning documentary filmmaker, Bared Maronian, captures the non-violent civil disobedience protests and social media campaigns during Armenia’s 2018 velvet revolution when opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan overthrew the decades-long, corrupt oligarchy power. The documentary, written by Bared Maronian and Silva Basmajian, and produced by Seda Grigoryan, Silva Basmajian, Bardig Kouyoumdjian and Bared Maronian.

“We are humbled that the jury, comprising Oscar winning industry professionals and industry leaders, extended high praise and selected Bloodless as the recipient of the Festival’s top awards out of the 150 films,” said filmmaker Bared Maronian, founder of Armenoid Productions, receiving news of the wins at Beverly Hills Film Festival.

The Best Feature Documentary Award to Bloodless was presented midway through the virtual awards ceremony by a panel of six film industry professionals. The Golden Palm Award–the annual Festival’s most prestigious award–was presented to Bloodless by Nino Simone, Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. The 21st annual event, held virtually April 28 through May 2 due to the pandemic, live-streamed 150 non-studio films as part of its official global selections during the virtual Festival.  The annual live event usually draws over 40,000 attendees.

Florida Armenians Welcome New Armenian Ambassador to the United States

Taniel Koushakjian with H.E. Varuzhan Nersessian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S., at the Embassy of Armenia in Washington, DC – February 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – In February, Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian travelled to the nation’s capital for a series of meetings with government officials, NGO’s, and policy makers. During his time, he met with Armenia’s new Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan, and welcomed him back to the United States in his new capacity. They discussed a series of issues of concern to the Armenian American community.

Koushakjian conveyed the congratulations of several thousand Armenian Americans in Florida who cheered the democratic movement of the citizens of Armenia and the peaceful transition of power that swept across Armenia in 2018. He also invited Ambassador Nersesyan to visit the Sunshine State in 2020.

Ambassador Nersesyan is no stranger to Washington, DC. From April 2008 to December 2012, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the United States.

President of the United States Donald J. Trump accepts the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S. His Excellency Varuzhan Nersesyan in the Oval Office, The White House, Washington, DC – January 11, 2019

Nersesyan is the first Armenian Ambassador to the U.S. under Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan. He presented his credentials to the President of the United States Donald J. Trump in a ceremony in the Oval Office on January 11, 2019. During a brief conversation, President Trump and Ambassador Nersesyan highlighted the steps towards expanding the US-Armenia bilateral relationship in several areas. The interlocutors emphasized the role of the Armenian American community in enhancing the friendship between the two nations.