California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom and Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan sign the agreement while watched by from left, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, California State Senator Anthony Portantino and Diaspora Commissioner Zareh Sinanyan.

California Signs Trade Agreement with Armenia


NEW YORK — A Framework Agreement on Cooperation was signed between the Republic of Armenia and the State of California in New York on September 24 in the presence of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The agreement was signed by Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and California Governor Gavin Newsom. According to the agreement, Armenia and California will develop comprehensive cooperation in all areas.

Following the signing of the agreement, a meeting was held between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the Governor of California. The interlocutors agreed that the signing of the Framework Agreement would promote deepening of cooperation and development of Armenia-California relations.

California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

Pashinyan noted that California is one of the centers of the Armenian-American community, as well as the most innovative US economy and state of the art technology, and Armenia is interested in further strengthening ties with one of the most populous states in the United States.

The California governor welcomed the Armenian prime minister’s visit to the US, noting that the Armenians of California play a major role in the development of the state and the strengthening of Armenian-American ties. According to him, California also highlights the development of cooperation with Armenia and implementation of joint programs.

The interlocutors discussed issues related to the deepening of Armenia-California trade-economic cooperation, intensification of contacts between business circles and expansion of ties. An agreement was reached to intensify bilateral discussions on taking practical steps. Nikol Pashinyan and Gavin News have also discussed cooperation in the field of forest fires, agreeing to make the exchange of experience and training more meaningful.

Pashinyan invited Newsom to visit Armenia.

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