Since the appointment of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Israel Eduard Nalbandyan in the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia in 2008, Armenia had no Ambassador in Israel. Before that the seat of the Ambassador of Armenia was in Paris.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Israel Mr. Armen Melkonyan handed over his credentials to the Israeli President Shimon Perez. The residence of the Armenian diplomat is in Egypt, but according to the Ambassador, he will visit Israel 3-4 times a year to get acquainted to the problems of the local Armenian communities. Armenians living in Israel, especially former Armenian citizens have to leave for Armenia to solve any passport issue and the Honorary Consul of Armenia does not have authorization to solve such problems.
However, during those days the Ambassador had managed to have several meetings with the representatives of the Armenian communities from three major centers, inhabited by Armenians. After a visit to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and a meeting with community leaders, Armen Melkonyan, accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Armenia in Israel Mr. Tsolak Momjyan, arrived to St. Nicholas Medieval monastery located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Here he was welcomed by the community representatives of city Jaffa, headed by Mr. Poghos Ghukasyan and the founding members of “Nairi” Union of Armenians in Petah-Tiqwa. Several issues were discussed during the meeting, including those connected with the restoration of expired passports and admission of documents.
The Ambassador mentioned. “There is someone sitting in the National Voter Registry with a pile of papers. He looks whether the document matches the requirements or not. If not, just puts those documents aside. He does not think that these people have dreamed about an independent Armenia”. Mr. Melkonyan said that the Armenian Consul must be sent from Egypt to Israel at least three times in a year, although the issue will also be discussed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
Talking about the appointment of the new Ambassador, ex-Ambassador of Israel to Armenia from 2001 to 2004 Mrs. Cohen added that she knows Mr. Melkonyan personally from her diplomatic mission in Armenia and is sure that he will do everything possible to strengthen and develop the relationships of Armenia with Israel.