New Ambassadors to France Iran Appointed

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian issued a decree Thursday appointing Edward Nalbandian and Gegham Gharibjanian to ambassadorial posts in France and Iran respectively.

Nalbandian–who was ambassador of Morocco and Egypt–relieved of his duties to begin his tour of duty in France–while Gharibjanian was granted a diplomatic rank.

Nalbandian was born in 1956 in Hrazdan. He graduated from the Soviet Foreign Ministry International Relations State Institute in Moscow and later attended the Soviet Institute for Oriental studies–earning a Ph. D in history in 1988.

He worked in the Soviet foreign ministry establishment since beginning in 1978–and was the Soviet ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1992–following which he became first secretary of the Russian Embassy in Cairo. Since 1992 he has been working in the Armenian foreign ministry and has been the Armenian Ambassador to Egypt since 1994. A year later he was also appointed the ambassador to Morocco when the two embassies merged.

He is fluent in Arabic–French and English. He is married and has one daughter.

Gharibjanian was born in 1951. He graduated from the Oriental Studies Department at Yerevan State University–earning a degree in Persian studies. Since 1997 he headed the National Assembly Commission on Social–Health and Environmental Protection issues.

He is fluent in Farsi and English. He is married and has three children.

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