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Gov. Patrick Meets with Armenian Prime Minister, Discusses Armenian-Massachusetts Ties
Patch.com (Watertown, MA) Dec 12 2012
Deval Patrick and Tigran Sargsyan met in the State House in and effort to strengthen relationships and celebrate Massachusetts' Armenian-American population.
The following information was provided by Gov. Deval Patrick's Office:
Governor Deval Patrick today welcomed Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan to the Massachusetts State House. Prime Minister Sargsyan's visit to Massachusetts served as an opportunity to foster Massachusetts' global image in education and innovation and to recognize and celebrate the Armenian-American population in the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts is home to approximately 33,095 Armenian-American residents, with Watertown having the third largest Armenian community in the nation, according to 2010 data.
This visit was part of a growing economic relationship between Massachusetts and Armenia. In May, Governor Patrick welcomed a delegation of Armenian officials to Massachusetts for a ceremonial opening of the Armenian Heritage Park. Members of the delegation included Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, Minister of the Diaspora Ms. Hranush Hakobyan and Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the US Mr. Tatoul Markarian.
Governor Patrick has prioritized advancing Massachusetts' relationships around the world in order to compete in the 21st century global economy. In addition to his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Sargsyan, Governor Patrick yesterday met with Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Gyorgy Szapary to discuss economic collaboration between Hungary and Massachusetts. He has previously led delegations of business, academic and government leaders to Chile, Israel, the United Kingdom, and China to secure new economic development opportunities for the Commonwealth.
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Reilly rips foes tie to Armenia genocide denials
April 20, 2006, Boston Herald.
While gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick stood by his association with a D.C. lobbyist working to squash the legitimacy of the Armenian genocide, opponent Tom Reilly said he wouldn't want anything to do with a person like that.
"Anyone who would try and undermine the history and the truth of what happened to the Armenian population, I certainly would be disappointed in that. I certainly would not want to have anything to do with that," Reilly said.
The Herald reported yesterday that a Deval Patrick fund-raiser in Washington D.C. was co-hosted by Bernie Robinson, a consultant to the Livingston Group, a high-powered lobbying firm that has taken millions from the Turkish government to fight Congress from recognizing that the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians beginning in 1915 was genocide.
Reilly, whose office is defending the state's refusal to include the point of view of those who deny there was an Armenian genocide in the statewide Department of Education history curriculum, said Patrick will "have to make his own decisions as to who he associates with and the people that raise money for him."
Reilly spoke minutes after all three Democratic candidates for governor appeared at a joint press conference designed to be a show of party unity. Patrick ducked out of the conference as soon as it was over.
"It is unfortunate that one of our opponents is trying to make a political issue out of the tragedy," said Libby DeVecchi a spokeswoman for Patrick.
Patrick believes in the Armenian genocide, but downplayed the fund-raiser's ties to the Livingston Group. Robinson has not worked for the Turkish government and is not even employed by the Livingston Group, a Patrick spokeswoman said.
The Livingston Group's Web site lists Robinson as a consultant who is part of "The Livingston Group Team.."