YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Former secretary of Armenia’s Security Council Armen Grigoryan has been appointed first deputy minister of foreign affairs in a move that ruling party representatives see as a prelude to his appointment to the currently vacant ministerial position.
Grigoryan, 38, is a member of the ruling Civil Contract party. He graduated from the Department of International Relations of Yerevan State University and later from the American University of Armenia, but has no experience of diplomatic work.
Grigoryan coordinated electoral programs for the anti-corruption organization, Transparency International, before becoming one of the key figures of Armenia’s 2018 “Velvet Revolution.” He was appointed secretary of the Security Council after the revolution.
Chief of Pashinyan’s staff Arayik Harutiunyan introduced Grigoryan to the staff of the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, July 14. In his remarks he expressed confidence that Grigoryan will encompass the tasks set to him by the government.
Grigoryan, for his part, said that he was convinced that “we will jointly implement all the tasks outlined in the electoral program of the Civil Contract party that will also be reflected in the government’s program.”
Armenia has had no foreign minister since May 31. In his farewell speech to the ministry staff former Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan made it clear that he had resigned because of policy disagreements with Pashinyan.