Armenia–Brazil relations

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Armenia-Brazil relations
Map indicating locations of Armenia and Brazil

Armenia

Brazil

Armenia–Brazil refers to the current and historical relations between Armenia and Brazil. The Armenian community in Brazil is the second largest in Latin America (after Argentina) totaling approximately 100,000 members.[1]

History[edit]

Monument to the victims of the Armenian genocide in São Paulo, Brazil

The first Armenians to arrive in Brazil took place in the late 1800s. The biggest wave of migration to Brazil took place in the 1920s when several thousands Armenians came to Brazil (mainly from Lebanon and Syria) many having survived the Armenian Genocide which was carried out by the Ottoman Empire.[1] Most Armenians settled in the São Paulo area. On 26 December 1991, Armenia regained its independence after the Dissolution of the Soviet Union.

In December 1991, Armenian Foreign Minister, Raffi Hovhannissian visited Brazil to pave the way for establishing diplomatic relations between both nations.[2] On 17 February 1992, Armenia and Brazil officially established diplomatic relations.[3] In June 1992, Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan paid an official visit to Brazil.[3] In 1998, Armenia opened a consulate-general in São Paulo. In 2006, Brazil opened an embassy in Yerevan. In 2011, Armenia opened an embassy in Brasília. In 2010, the Armenia consulate-general in São Paulo was downgraded to an honorary consulate.[1] In 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate recognized the Armenian genocide.[4]

State visits[edit]

Presidential visits from Armenia to Brazil[3][5]

Bilateral relations[edit]

Armenia and Brazil have signed a few bilateral agreements since the establishment of diplomatic relations between both nations in 1992, such as an Agreement on Cultural Cooperation (2002) and an Agreement for the establishment of visa free regime with respect to diplomatic and service passports holders (2002).[3]

In 1985, the city of São Paulo named a metro station after Armenia. In 2003, the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, opened a square named after Brazil.

Resident diplomatic missions[edit]

See also[edit]

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