YEREVAN (Armenpress) — The Armenian Cabinet on September 19 approved a bill on opening an Armenian embassy in Ethiopia, stationed in Addis Ababa.
The opening of an Armenian Embassy in Ethiopia will enable also cooperation with the African Union as Armenia doesn’t have any diplomatic representation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said during the cabinet meeting, stating that Armenia currently has an embassy only in Egypt.
“We reached this stage thanks to our comprehensive work. This is important both in terms of political and commercial agendas. We see a great potential in this direction,” Mnatsakanyan said, adding that deep calculations have already been made and expressed hope that an Armenian Embassy will open in Ethiopia in the nearest timeframes.
Hakob Arshakyan, minister of high technological industry, agreed that Africa has quite a big and potential market, especially in the technology sector.
In his turn he raised the issue of facilitating the visa procedures for the entry to Kenya and Rwanda.
“I would not rush to outline the next directions through which we will expand and establish our presence. Now we need to be strengthened in Addis Ababa,” Mnatsakanyan said, adding that the issue of visa is under their spotlight.