Armenia–Portugal relations

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Armenian-Portuguese relations
Map indicating locations of Armenia and 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. In addition Portugal is represented in Armenia through its honorary consulate on Nalbandyan street in Yerevan. The consul is Mr. Samuel Samuelyan.


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]


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.[2][3]

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.[4] On 10 July 2001, President Robert Kocharyan said that Armenia attached major importance to the development of relations with Portugal.[5] Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan met a Portuguese delegation, on 11 July 2001, with a view to improving bilateral economic relations.[6] 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.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The New Armenia, Volumes 13-14 (The New Armenia Pub. Co., 1921), 61.
  2. ^ "Calouste Gulbenkian Dies at 86. One of the Richest Men in the World. Oil Financier, Art Collector Lived in Obscurity, Drove in Rented Automobile.". New York Times. July 21, 1955. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Solid Gold Scrooge". Time magazine. July 23, 1958. Retrieved 2009-05-07. Gulbenkian was an Armenian, but he did not rise from rugs to riches. His father, Sarkis, was a prosperous kerosene importer in suburban Constantinople ... 
  4. ^ "Armenian minister discusses ties with Portuguese officials, signs documents", Mediamax news agency, 15 November 2000.
  5. ^ "Armenian president notes importance of developing ties with Portugal", Mediamax news agency, 10 July 2001.
  6. ^ "Armenian, Portuguese foreign ministers discuss economic relations", Mediamax news agency, 11 July 2001.
  7. ^ "Armenian envoy, Portuguese labour minister discuss illegal immigration", Mediamax news agency, 24 June 2002.

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