Kim Kardashian Visits Armenia With Khloe & Kanye, Meets With The Prime Minister [PHOTOS]
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars were in the capital city of Yerevan where they met with PM Hovik Abrahamyan to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide when over 1.5 million Armenians perished at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Kim and Khloe attended a speech where they were honored by the government for their heritage.
“It was an honor to meet the Prime Minister of Armenia, Hovik Abrahamyan who expressed how proud they are that we are proud Armenians and we have not forgotten our roots! #NeverForget” – wrote Kim on her instagram page.
Their father Robert Kardashian was a third-generation Armenian-American and impressed upon his children the importance of their heritage. The family has mentioned it on their shows and in previous interviews. During their meeting with the Prime Minister, Kim and Khloe were reportedly praised for “staying in touch” with their roots and bringing awareness to Armenian history.
None of the Kardshians speak Armenian, although according to TMZ they promised to learn it (yeah right – that would interfere with selfies and plastic surgery) and apologized for not knowing it. The PM was unbothered and lauded the girls with a huge flower arrangement to symbolize the anniversary.
A source reveals to Us Weekly that “some parts” of the emigre mission will be filmed but Kim and Khloe want to “spend a lot of time there off camera and really getting to know the country.”
“Khloe & I visiting Mother Armenia yesterday. This statue reminds visitors of the strong female figures in Armenian history. I love how powerful women are and respected so much in our culture!” shared Kim.
”Visiting the Mother Armenia statue today in Yerevan. The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength. It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history. Who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars. I am woman hear me roar! Blessed to be here!!!”
Naturally that means from behind the screen of a cellphone, because they have been hard at work instagramming the trip.
And since Kim and Khloe both brought hair and makeup people along for the trip, all signs point to this being filmed for KUWTK!
Thousands of adoring fans greeted Kim and Khloe when they arrived on April 8th “The love and welcoming to Armenia has been overwhelmingly beautiful!!!” Kim gushed. “We are so grateful to be here & start this journey of a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who greeted us! I can’t wait to explore our country and have some yummy food! #MyDadAndGrandParentsWouldBeSoProud” credit: Instagram
“Armenia we are here!!!!! We are so grateful to be here & start this journey of a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who greeted us! I can’t wait to explore our country and have some yummy food! #MyDadAndGrandParentsWouldBeSoProud” gushed Kim.
Kanye West and No. 1 Fashion Accessory the North West Fannypack came along,
“My husband and daughter came to Armenia as well to see my heritage and learn about my ancestors! My cousins came along too! So excited I can’t sleep,” shared Kim.
along with two of Kim and Khloe’s kousins, Kourtni and Kara (not kidding – that’s really their names). Seen below.
“Khloe & I brought along our cousins Kourtni & Kara Kardashian. We miss you Krista! Yes we have 3 cousins who are sisters that all start with a K too! LOL”
The Associated Press reports that Kim and Khloe will also make a pilgrimage to Gyumri to visit distant relatives. Kim and Khloe were also granted a plot of land by the Armenian government and on the deed of ownership, Khloe’s last name is still listed as Odom since they’re still technically married. Khloe has since deleted the photo she shared on Instagram.