EXCLUSIVE: Armenia to Move Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Open Permanent Embassy Soon

By TPS • 25 February 2020
Armenia in Israel
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Armenia’s Ambassador to Israel Armen Smbatyan, who has to date worked from the Armenian capital Yerevan, is to become the permanent Ambassador to Israel and is expected to arrive in Israel soon.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian last Tuesday signed an order to amend the decision of March 31, 2018, in which Smbatyan was appointed ambassador to Israel, residing, however, in Yerevan, from where he has worked remotely to this day. According to the Armenian news agency, Armenpress, Smbatyan’s place of residence is to be relocated to Tel Aviv.

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Israel were established in April 1992 and, in September 2019, the Armenian government approved the decision to open a permanent embassy in Israel with TPS learning that Armenian diplomats have arrived in Israel in the past days and are preparing the embassy for its opening soon.

Eli Belozerkowski, Israeli Ambassador to Armenia and Moldova told TPS: “We welcome the rise in Israeli-Armenian relations and we welcome the expected arrival of Ambassador Armen Smbatyan in the coming weeks, as well as the preparations for opening a permanent embassy in Israel.”

Speaking to TPS, Belozerkowski added: “It should be noted that last January, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who attended the main event for the liberation of the Auschwitz Extermination Camp held at Yad Vashem, visited Israel with President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and lectures in several places in the country, including the Technion and the Technological Institute in Holon.”