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Trump hails Armenians as “smart and diligent people”
2018-12-13 14:10:14

US President Donald Trump has hailed Armenians as “smart and diligent people.” Mr. Trump talked to Archbishop Vicken Aykazian before he signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act into law, the Voice of America reports.

President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which seeks to ensure US aid reaches Christian and Yazidi genocide victims.

The bill that was passed unanimously in the House November 27 and in the Senate on October 11, seeks to ensure US aid reaches Christian and Yazidi genocide victims in Iraq and Syria.

“This bill continues my administration's efforts to direct US assistance for persecuted communities including through faith-based programs,” Trump said.

“With this document the US decides that it will henceforth not allow Christians to suffer and should do its best to provide material and moral assistance,” Archbishop Vicken Aykazian said.

According to him, the US aid will reach both the small Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, and those that have found refuge in other countries.

The Archbishop said that during a conversation preceding the signing ceremony a Department of State representative hailed Armenia’s role in accepting refugees from the Middle East.

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian also said Security Adviser John Bolton was impressed by his recent visit to Armenia. As for Trump, he is well informed about Armenians, he added.

“When I said I’m Armenian, he said… Oh, Armenians are smart and hard-working people,” the Archbishop told the Voice of America.