On March 14, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute welcomed the Iraq-Armenia Friendship delegation of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Iraq, chaired by Mohammed Khoshnau, to the Armenian Genocide Memorial.
The delegation was greeted by Lusine Abrahamyan, the AGMI Deputy Director for Museum Affairs, who presented the history of the Memorial’s establishment and creation. She then presented the story of the three khachkars placed at Tsitsernakaberd in memory of the Armenians who died in massacres organized by the Azerbaijani government in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak), and Baku during the 20th century—this component of the Memorial emphasizes the connection between the Armenian Genocide and contemporary acts of persecution and violence against Armenians.
Mrs. Abrahamyan also presented the history and significance of Hushapat, which contains (in special niches which house small jugs) soil samples collected from the graves of a number of foreign public figures, politicians, intellectuals, dignitaries and missionaries who raised their voices in protest against the widespread massacres and deportations of Armenians carried out by the Turkish government authorities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Following this, the guests laid flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
The delegation then toured the Armenian Genocide Museum. Having been accompanied by AGMI senior guide Anjela Tevekelyan, they became acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions housed at the complex. Following the delegation’s tour, Mr. Khoshnau left a note in the Memory Book for Honourable Guests.