Singapore: Orchid named after Armenian Prime Minister and spouse

Accompanied by his spouse Anna Hakobyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens on the margins of his official visit to Singapore. An orchid naming ceremony was held, at which a new variety of the national flower of Singapore was named after the Armenian Prime Minister and his spouse. Similar events are held in Singapore in honor of high-ranking foreign guests and celebrities.

The participation of the Prime Minister and his spouse in this event had another meaning as well: Vanda Miss Joachim, the orchid, which is also known as Singaporean or Aloha Princess Orchid, was named after Singapore-based Armenian florist Agnes Joachim (Ashkhen Hovakimyan) who discovered the flower in Yeghegnut.

Pashinyan signed the Book of Honorary Guests, after which the Premier and Mrs. Anna Hakobyan toured the Gardens.

Following the Armenian and Singaporean prime ministers’ meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Botany Institute after Takhtajyan by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and the Singapore National Parks Board.

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