A get together organised on Thursday 20 December 2018, by the Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australian Chapter and the Assyrian Australian National Federation celebrating Christmas with all members, supporters, parliamentarians and representatives of the Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Italian, Vietnamese and Assyrian organisations at Marconi Club.
The official dignitaries included: Mayor of Fairfield City Mr Frank Carbone, Rev Fred Nile MLC and Mrs Silvana Nile, Mr. Guy Zangari MP, State Member for Fairfield, The Hon. David Clarke MLC, The Hon. Paul Green MLC, Mr. Nick Lalich MP, Mr Daniel Susuc representing the Hon Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Disability Services, Councillor Ninos Khoshaba and Ms Laura Beylerian from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Mr David David , President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation welcomed all guests and thanked them for their support over the past years and wished them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. He then called upon members of Parliament to say few words on this occasion.
Mr. Hermiz Shahen, the Deputy Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, officially welcomed the guests. He extended a warm welcome to representatives of the Local, and State Government for their attendance and support over the years. Mr. Shahen spoke about the Assyrian Universal Alliance activities in Australia in the past year raising many appeals to the Australian government and international organizations on behalf of the Assyrian Nation. “The objectives of such efforts have been to advance the Assyrian cause internationally, on the humanitarian as well as the political front, seeking support of democratic governments and international bodies, in defending our indigenous rights, and our highly prized national identity, culture, heritage, language and religion and to accord autonomous status (self-governed region) to the Assyrians on the land of our ancestors in the north of Iraq. What strengthens our spirit of perseverance to face the future challenges, is the existence of friends to our nation who stand with us in support of our national rights and demands. We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to you. With your continued support, I am confident we will achieve much more in the future” Mr Shahen said.
All speakers praised in their speeches the role of the Assyrian Universal Alliance in its continued deliberations and meetings with the Australian government. They talked about the inevitability of the Assyrian peoples struggle to obtain their full rights and freedom in Iraq. They blessed this great occasion, expressed their appreciation to the organisers.
Assyrian Universal Alliance –Australia Chapter