Armenia’s former deputy prime minister and minister of territorial administration Armen Gevorgyan has been appointed secretary of the National Security Council by a corresponding order issued by President Serzh Sargsyan today.
The post has been vacant since spring 2014 when its holder Artur Baghdasaryan resigned after his Orinats Yerkir (Armenian Revival) party quit the governing coalition.
Gevorgyan, 42, served at different senior positions in Armenia before unexpectedly quitting the government system in October 2014.
Since then he headed the IDeA Foundation and also participated in a general management course at the business school of Harvard University, USA.
According to the presidential press service, introducing Gevorgyan to the Council’s staff on Monday, President Sargsyan, in particular, said: “Armen Gevorgyan has the sufficient experience in order to be able to perform the difficult duties of the National Security Council secretary… I am sure that within a short period of time with our assistance he will be able to show to our public and state once again that the National Security Council is an important link in our state government system.”
“As you all know, the National Security Council is an advisory body, but there has not been a single major issue that would not be discussed at the Council and that a decision would not be made on it as a result of this discussion,” the president added.
Gevorgyan, for his part, said: “I am sure that through our joint efforts we will, indeed, be able to do so that all expectations from this body are justified.”