On 13 March, in the framework of an official visit to Armenia at the invitation of the RA President Armen Sargsyan, President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. The President of Georgia was accompanied by the RA Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan and Mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan.
The guests were welcomed by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Foundation Director Harutyun Marutyan, who presented to the guests the construction history of the monument and the symbolism of the monument. The President of Georgia laid a wreath at the Genocide Monument after which the members of the accompanying delegation put flowers at the eternal fire, honoring the memory of innocent martyrs with a minute of silence.
The Georgian delegation also visited the Genocide Museum. At the end of the visit Salome Zourabichvili left a note at the Memory Book of Honorable Guests, which reads: “We express our sincere condolences in concern of the tragedy. We feel the Armenian tragedy deep in our hearts and we pay tribute to the memory of the victims”.
Harutyun Marutyan handed to the guests the newly published “The Armenian Genocide: Prelude and Aftermath. As reported in the U.S. Press – The New York Times” by Vahan Hovhannisyan, the Archbishop of the Mkhitarist Congregation and Austrian-Armenian Ara Ketibian, and “A Look at Armenia's History Through Cartographic Documentation” by Ruben Galchyan.
The Georgian guests also visited the Memory Alley, where President Salome Zourabichvili planted a fir.