Pallone hosts farewell meeting with Armenian Ambassador to the United States

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), co-chair of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus, hosted a farewell meeting with Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United States.  Ambassador Markarian has been stationed in Washington for the last nine years.

“Ambassador Markarian has dedicated his life to public service and the people of Armenia, said Congressman Pallone.  “Throughout his tenure in Washington, he has been a powerful advocate for Congressional recognition of the Armenian genocide, and foreign aid assistance to both the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Armenia.”

Tatoul Markarian was appointed Armenian Ambassador to the United States on March 19, 2005.  Prior to assuming this position, Ambassador Markarian served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Armenian coordinator for the U.S.-Armenia Strategic Dialogue as well as the NATO-Armenia Political-Military, Special Representative of the President of Armenia for Nagorno Karabakh negotiations and as Adviser to Foreign Minister.  Before joining the Armenian Foreign Service, Ambassador Markarian served in newly-independent Armenia’s legislative and executive branches.

“I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish with Ambassador Markarian.  I wish Ambassador Markarian and his family well and I look forward to continuing the important U.S.-Armenian relationship with the next Ambassador for many years ahead,” added Pallone.

Ex-Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan will replace Tatoul Markarian as Armenian Ambassador to the United States.

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