Armenian President Armenian Sarkissian and Mrs. Nouneh Sarkissian visited the Holy Martyrs' Armenian Church in Abu Dhabi.
They laid flowers at the cross-tone erected in memory of the Armenian genocide victims and paid tribute to their memory with a moment of silence.
The President then met with Armenian community representatives at “Ara Khanoyan” Sunday school.
“I would like to see the day we forget the word “Diaspora” and become citizens of Armenia,” the President said.
He added that “the fact that we live in different countries of the world and are spread worldwide is a privilege rather than a shortcoming, because we are one of the few nations in the world that can say that “we are a small state, and even have two small states, but a global nation closely linked to each other.”
“We have shaped the small model of the 21st century, because in the 21st century the whole world, the whole population irrespective of where it lives from Australia to Russia, from Europe to the United States, will live as one family – the human family. The world is getting smaller, as the population is growing. It is getting smaller, because we're all connected,” President Sarkissian said.