Armenian Consulate to Mark 5th Anniversary

BEVERLY HILLS–On February 27–the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the opening of the Consulate in Los Angeles.

Members of the LA Armenian Community will join Consul General Amen Melkonian and the Consulate staff for this joyous occasion at the Sheraton Universal.

Special guests His Excellency Arman Kirakossian–Armenian Ambassador to the US and His Excellency Michael Lemmon–US Ambassador to Armenia will also be in attendance.

Ambassador Kirakossian was appointed Ambassador the US this past fall. Prior to his appointment–Kirakossian served as Ambassador to Greece from 1994-99. From October 1992 to February 93–he was acting Foreign Minister of Armenia. Prior to this he received his Ph.D. in History of Diplomacy at the Institute of history–National Academy of Sciences in Armenia. The Ambassador is married and has one son.

Ambassador Lemmon has been ambassador to Armenia’since September 11 1998.

Prior to his appointment–Lemmon served as Deputy Assistant–Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs exercising global responsibilities for regional security and arms transfer policies–international security and peacekeeping operations and security assistance issues. Prior to joining the Foreign Service–Ambassador Lemmon completed undergraduate and graduate studies in International Relations and Comparative Government at the University of Virginia. He is married to the Former Michele Herout of France. They have one son.

500 people have already confirmed their attendance to what should prove to be a special night for the Armenian community of LA.

The proceeds will sustain the important work of the Consulate General in Southern California. One Monday–February 28–both Ambassadors will speak at a World Affairs Council event to be held at the Biltmore Hotel.

The entire community is invited to both events. For more information on either evening or to purchase tickets for the Consulate Gala–please call 310-657-7320.


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