Global Affairs Canada announced that it will officially open a consulate in Yerevan, Armenia, headed by Honorary Consul Vardges Avagyan. Alison LeClaire, Ambassador of Canada to Armenia, made the announcement in Yerevan, where Canada is marking through various events the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Armenia.
The new consulate will be open to the public as of December 15, 2022. It will offer essential consular services to Canadians living, studying, working, and travelling in Armenia, including emergency consular assistance and passport and citizenship services. This is a key step forward in Canada and Armenia’s diplomatic relationship, and in opening an embassy in Armenia, a commitment announced by Minister Joly in August of this year.
“This year, we are proud to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Armenia. The opening of the consulate and the work of Canada’s new honorary consul will be key in strengthening Canada-Armenia ties,” the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada states.
Earlier this year, Minister Joly announced that Canada would further develop its relations with Armenia by opening an embassy in Yerevan, which will facilitate political and commercial ties between Canada and Armenia.
Canada has made relations with Armenia a priority, building on the important report prepared by Stéphane Dion, Ambassador to France and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, on Canadian support for Armenia’s democratic development.
Canada and Armenia enjoy warm people-to-people ties and have had many years of good relations through fostering collaboration and expanding commercial and economic ties to promote inclusive economic growth.