New Armenian Ambassador to US Assumes Duties

WASHINGTON–DC–Armenia’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the United States Tatoul Margarian–arrived in Washington–DC and assumed the duties of his office on March 31. Prior to his appointment–Margarian served as Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia.

According to an embassy press release–Margarian brings to his position a wealth of experience in US-Armenian relations.

Margarian received the appointment from President Robert Kocharian on March 19–and is expected to present his credentials to President George W. Bush shortly.

Prior to assuming this position–Margarian served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia–beginning June 2000. In that capacity–he was the Armenian coordinator for US-Armenia Strategic Dialogue–as well as the NATO-Armenia Political-Military Dialogue.

Margarian also served as the President’s Special Representative for Mountainous Karabagh negotiations–in 2002-2003.

His previous diplomatic assignmen’s include a term as Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister-Counselor at the Armenian Embassy in Washington–DC from December 1994 to January 1999.

Before joining the Armenian Foreign Service–Margarian served in Armenia’s legislative and executive branches. He was Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Armenian Parliament from 1990 to 1991–and Assistant and Adviser to the Vice President of Armenia from 1991 to 1994–and also served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Armenia from 1991 to 1992.

Margarian was born on April 16–1964–in Ghapan–Armenia. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University–and is a Doctoral candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated from the Yerevan University of National Economy in 1985–and completed a PhD in Economics at the same University in 1988.

Margarian is fluent in English and Russian. He is married and has one son.

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