Garen Nazarian
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Garen Nazarian

Ambassador Garen Nazarian was appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister by the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia on May 22, 2014 and on June 8, 2018 was re-appointed to the same position by the decision of Armenia’s Prime Minister. Nazarian was Chief Armenian Negotiator for the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement with the European Union (2015-2017). Currently chairs Armenia-Greece and Armenia-Cyprus Intergovernmental Commissions. 

Garen Nazarian was the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations in New York, to which post he was appointed in August of 2009. During his tenure at UN headquarter, was elected as Chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women for the 2009-2011 period and from 2012-2013 as the Chair of the UN Special Committee on the Charter and Strengthening of the Role of the Organization.

Prior to his assignment to New York, Mr. Nazarian was Armenia’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran for 2005-2009 period and Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2002 and 2005, during which period he was also a member of the United States-Armenia Task Force (USATF).

From 1996 to 2002, Ambassador Nazarian served as the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. He traveled to South Africa in 2001 as the Vice-President of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (Durban) and, in 2002, was elected to the post of the Chairperson of the 8th Meeting of the State Parties to the UN Convention against Torture.

Mr. Nazarian joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. He received a Master’s degree in oriental studies from Yerevan State University and later earned a Master’s degree in foreign policy studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Moscow.

Garen Nazarian is married to Siranush Shahnazarova. The couple has two children.

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