FRESNO—Armenian-American community members and elected officials came together on October 20 for a ceremony marking the opening of the office of the first Honorary Consul General to Armenia to Frenso. On October 15, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian appointed Berj Apkarian as the Honorary Consul.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in the United States Tigran Sargsyan, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles Sergey Sarkisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Artur Aghabekyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh to the United States Robert Avetisyan, as well as by other members of the community and religious leaders.
Members of Fresno County Board of Supervisors, headed by Chairman Andreas Borgeas, California State Senate member Tom Berryhill, US Congressman Jim Costa, Justice Fifth District Court of Appeal Charles Poochigian, as well as foreign diplomats, other officials of Fresno region and about 400 representatives of community organizations attended the dinner following the opening ceremony.
The Honorary Consul of Armenia in Fresno Berj Apkarian thanked in his speech the government of the Republic of Armenia for the responsibility entrusted to him. He mentioned that his main goal and objective is to expand the relations between Fresno and Armenia and to promote cultural and business relations.
The office of the new Honorary Consul will be housed on the eighth floor of the historic Pacific Southwest Building, which has gone through a major renovation recently.
The building was purchased in 2011 by the Khachadourian family, who is donating the office space to the Republic of Armenia to be used by the Honorary Consul.