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Kim and Khloe Kardashian cause stir in ancestral homeland

Published 09/04/2015 | 18:49

Kim Kardashian, left and sister Khloe Kardashian walk in Victory Park while filming in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP photo/Artur Harutyunyan, PAN Photo)
Kim Kardashian, left and sister Khloe Kardashian walk in Victory Park while filming in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP photo/Artur Harutyunyan, PAN Photo)
Kim Kardashian, front and sister Khloe Kardashian walk in Victory Park while filming in Yerevan, Armenia. AP photo/Artur Harutyunyan, PAN Photo
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian waves to the public while walking in Yerevan, Armenia. REUTERS/Vahram Baghdasaryan/PHOTOLURE
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian (R) and her sister Khloe Kardashian walk out of the Mother Armenia monument while sightseeing in Yerevan, Armenia. REUTERS/Vahram Baghdasaryan/PHOTOLURE
Kim Kardashian waves on her way to a hotel in downtown Yerevan, Armenia (AP Photo/Hrant Khachatryan, PAN Photo)
Kim Kardashian arrives in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Hrant Khachatryan, PAN Photo)

The Kardashian contingent's visit to Armenia is causing a commotion, but officials are pleased they came.

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Kim Kardashian, husband Kanye West, daughter North and sister Khloe are in the Kardashian ancestral homeland on a high-visibility visit ahead of this month's observing of the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian waves to the public while walking in Yerevan
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian waves to the public while walking in Yerevan

Hundreds of celebrity-besotted fans gathered outside the Kardashians' hotel and followed the group through the capital Yerevan today.

"Kim Kardashian is a lady who's known worldwide. We should be happy she came here," said parliament speaker Galust Saakian.

Hitorians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed around the time of the First World War. Turkey denies the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll is inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.

U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian (R, front) poses for a picture with local residents, with her sister Khloe Kardashian standing nearby, while sightseeing in central Yerevan, April 9, 2015. Kardashian received a rapturous welcome in her ancestors' homeland, Armenia
U.S. television personality Kim Kardashian (R, front) poses for a picture with local residents, with her sister Khloe Kardashian standing nearby, while sightseeing in central Yerevan, April 9, 2015. Kardashian received a rapturous welcome in her ancestors' homeland, Armenia

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