"I believe there is nothing bad in [the Kardashians' visit]," said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shavarsh Kocharyan

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated April 10, 2015 03:40 PM
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The Armenian government is well aware of the furor surrounding Kim and Khloé Kardashian‘s visit to Armenia – and they know what you’re thinking.

However, not only did Kim, Khloé and cousins Kara and Kourtni meet with the Armenian prime minister on Thursday, but other members of the Armenian government have spoken positively about the visit.

Kim Kardashian is a world-famous woman, and we should be proud to see the world’s attention focused on Armenia,” said the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Galust Sahakyan, as reported by Azatutyun, an Armenian radio station.

He went on to acknowledge her celebrity, perhaps alluding to some of the negative attention the visit may have received. “We like to gossip even about the best things,” said Sahakyan. “She is very popular, and we should host her decently.”

Levon Martirosyan, a lawmaker representing the faction of the ruling Republic Party of Armenia, pointed out that Kim’s every move is documented on social media and followed by upwards of 77 million people. Her stay in the country not only raises Armenia’s profile but also shines a spotlight on the centennial of the Armenian genocide – one of the primary reasons for the Kardashians’ visit.

“She has 77 million followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media,” said Martirosyan, according to Azatutyun. “That should certainly be used for Armenia’s promotion, for promoting its tourist potential and for making the voice of our people once again audible.”

The prime minister felt similarly. “Hovik Abrahamyan hailed the fact that members of the Kardashian family never forgot their roots and added that their visit would make [Armenia] better recognizable,” reported the Public Radio of Armenia of Thursday’s meeting.

The deputy minister of foreign affairs for Armenia, Shavarsh Kocharyan, was a little more to the point following Kim’s meeting with the Armenian prime minister. “She is of Armenian descent, [and] she decided to come to Armenia,” he told reporters, according to News.am, an Armenian news outlet. “I believe there is nothing bad in this.”

The Kardashians’ visit is being documented by Keeping Up with the Kardashians cameras, and the forthcoming episode will surely raise the country’s profile even more as it continues to heal from the 1.5 million lost in the 1915 genocide.

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