New President Appoints Two Key Ministers

New President Appoints Two Key Ministers

President Serzh Sargsyan on Monday evening signed a decree appointing General-Colonel Seyran Ohanyan Armenia’s Minister of Defense, the president’s press service reported.

Since 2007, 46-year-old Ohanyan was chief of the general staff of Armenia’s armed forces, first deputy defense minister. Before that, he occupied different high military posts in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the post of Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Minister. Ohanyan has the title of Hero of Artsakh.

By another decree, Sargsyan appointed Armenia’s Ambassador to France Eduard Nalbandyan as Armenia’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs to replace veteran Minister Vardan Oskanyan who announced his plans to retire last week.

Nalbandyan, 52, pluralistically served also as Armenia’s ambassador to the Vatican, Israel and Andorra.

In the period from 1992-1998 Nalbandyan was Armenia’s charge d’affaires and then ambassador to Egypt.

Since 1999 he was Armenia’s ambassador to France.