The newly appointed US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia Kristina Kvien visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial on February 24.
The guests were welcomed by AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan, who narrated the history of the creation of the Memorial. He also presented the guests with the history of the three khachkars placed in the Tsitsernakaberd area in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku in the last century organised by the Azerbaijani government, and the stories of the five freedom fighters buried in front of Hushapat during the Artsakh war, emphasizing the connection between what happened and the Armenian Genocide.
Madam Kristina Kvien laid a wreath at the Genocide monument after which the members of the accompanying delegation put flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
Harutyun Marutyan also told the guests about Hushapat, at the back of which, in special niches, in small jugs, soil taken from the graves of a number of foreign public figures, politicians, intellectuals and missionaries are being placed, who raised their voice of protest against the mass massacres of Armenians and genocide carried out by the Turkish government in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The guests also toured the Armenian Genocide Museum accompanied by AGMI deputy director for museum works Lusine Abrahamyan, becoming acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions there.
Expressing thanks for the visit, AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan gifted the US Ambassador Kristina Kvien the book “The Armenian Genocide. Prelude and aftermath. As Reported in the U.S. Press. The Boston Daily Globe (1890-1922)”. On her turn, the ambassador gifted the book "Our Century in Pictures" to the Armenian Genocide Museum.