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The President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has been on a working visit in the Federative Republic of Brazil

12.08.2016

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On August 11-15, 2016 The President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan has been on a working visit in the Federative Republic of Brazil.

On August 12, the delegation headed by the President Serzh Sargsyan arrived at the capital of the country Brasilia, where he met the Acting President of Brazil Michel Temer. At the meeting, the leaders of the two countries exchanged views on cooperation between Armenia and Brazil in different areas, possibilities of further strengthening and deepening of the bilateral relations. The President of Armenia noted with satisfaction that Armenia and Brazil enjoy strong friendly relations based on respect and mutual trust.

Based on the results of the high-level Armenian-Brazilian talks, the parties signed documents aimed at the development and strengthening of the bilateral cooperation in a number of areas. The parties signed the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Armenia and the Federative Republic of Brazil on Cooperation in the Area of Education, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Federative Republic of Brazil on Political Consultations, Memorandum of Understanding between the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the Rio Branco Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Armenia and Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on Technical Cooperation.

On the same day in Brasilia, President Serzh Sargsyan participated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Brazil. Present at the groundbreaking ceremony were also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil Jose Serra, Ambassadors accredited to Brazil, high-level diplomats, and representatives of the Armenian community. At the groundbreaking ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil made statements. At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, the ministers signed a joint Memorandum and inserted it in the foundation of the Embassy.

On August 12 President Serzh Sargsyan met with Governor Geraldo Alckmin and representatives of the Armenian community in Sao Paulo.

The President of Armenia and Governor Geraldo Alckmin discussed possibilities of developing cooperation in different areas and full utilization of the existing potential. They spoke in particular about research in the area of agriculture and prospects of cooperation in the scientific innovation programs.

Afterwards, President Sargsyan made an inscription at the Book of Honorary Guests of the San Paolo City Hall.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Sargsyan and the Governor of San Paolo met with the representatives of the Armenian community of San Paolo who organized a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in the honor of the President of Armenia.

In his address the President of Armenia noted with satisfaction that thousands of kilometers away, the Armenian community in the friendly Brazil has been able to preserve the Armenian spirit and to decently present the Armenian nation, living and creating beyond the borders of Fatherland with diligence and wisdom typical for the Armenians, acquiring high social status, becoming law abiding citizens of Brazil, professionals respected and in demand in many areas. Serzh Sargsyan hailed the role of the community in the development of the Armenian-Brazilian relations and underscored that because of them many in Brazil know about the Armenian people and our millennia long heritage.

Governor Geraldo Alckmin also made a statement at the meeting with the representatives of the Armenian community.

Noting that Armenian statehood dates back to the 6th century BC and that in 301 Armenia became the first Christian nation, Governor Alckmin underscored that Armenia is called a Land of Stones because located at the crossroad between East and West, Armenia passed a rocky path. The Governor noted proudly that San Paolo is the first Brazilian state where April 24 was declared the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Serzh Sargsyan awarded Honorary Consul of Armenia in San Paolo, a prominent figure of the community and benefactor Mrs. Hilda Diruhi Burmayan with the First Degree Order for the services to the Fatherland.

On August 13, at the Olympic village of Rio de Janeiro President Serzh Sargsyan, accompanied by the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee Gagik Tsarukian, met with the athletes representing Armenia at the 31st Olympic Games. The President encouraged the athletes and wished them success. On the remaining days of the visit, Serzh Sargsyan was present at some of the competitions and expressed his appreciation for the achievments of the Armenian athletes.

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