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Crowds Greet TV Star Kardashian, Family In Armenia

  • RFE/RL's Armenian Service

U.S. television star Kim Kardashian and her family have arrived in Yerevan to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

Dozens of people and journalists met Kardashian -- who was accompanied by her husband, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West, sister Khloe, and baby daughter -- at the airport on April 8.

Another large group greeted them at their hotel in central Yerevan.

The Kardashian family, which stars in the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is on an eight-day trip to Armenia ahead of the April 24 date on which the centennial of the mass slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians is commemorated.

Kardashian tweeted after arriving that she was "so grateful" to be in Armenia "and start this journey of a lifetime."

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Kardashian and her family met Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian on April 9 as they visited the Kardashians' ancestral homeland.

Abrahamian praised the family's contribution to "international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide," his press office said.

Kardashian's ancestors emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century.

She has actively promoted recognition of the World War I-era killings as genocide, a term that Turkey rejects.

With reporting by AP, Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian
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