Armenia–Portugal relations

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Armenian-Portuguese relations
Map indicating locations of Armenia and Portugal

Armenia

Portugal

Armenian-Portuguese relations are the foreign relations between Armenia and Portugal. Neither country has a resident ambassador. Armenia is represented in Portugal through its embassy in Rome (Italy). Portugal is represented in Armenia through its embassy in Moscow (Russia).

History[edit]

Portugal formally recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Armenia on 10 August 1920 "and entered into a solemn compact not only to respect, but to preserve as against external aggression, the territorial integrity and political independence of Armenia..."[1]

In July 1983, attacks by Armenian extremists took place in Portugal, France and Belgium killing 15 people and injuring 60.[2]

Expatriates[edit]

One of the most notable Armenians who resided in Portugal was Calouste Gulbenkian. He was a wealthy Armenian businessman and philanthropist, who made Lisbon the headquarters for his businesses. He established an international charity, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon. He also founded the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.[3][4]

Political and economic relations[edit]

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan visited Lisbon in November 2000 and met with Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio, and Foreign Minister Jaime Gama.[5] On 10 July 2001, President Robert Kocharyan said that Armenia attached major importance to the development of relations with Portugal.[6] Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan met a Portuguese delegation, on 11 July 2001, with a view to improving bilateral economic relations.[7] The Speaker of the Portuguese parliament, João Bosco Mota Amaral, discussed on 19 June 2002, with the Armenian ambassador, the development and strengthening of Armenian-Portuguese interparliamentary relations.[8]

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