FRESNO — The Office of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia was solemnly opened in Fresno on October 20.

Attending the event were Armenian Ambassador to the US Tigran Sarkisian, Armenian Consul General in Los Angeles Sergey Sarkisov, NKR Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Aghabekian, Armenia’s Permanent Representative to Washington Robert Avetisian, more than 400 representatives of community organizations, religious leaders.

Members of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and its Chairman Andreas Borgeas were present at the reception that followed the official ceremony. Member of the California State Senate Tom Berryhill, Congressman Jim Costa, Judge of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District Charles S. Poochigian, foreign diplomats, others officials of the State of Fresno were also in attendance.

Honorary Consul Berj Apkarian noted in his speech that his major objective is to deepen the relations between Fresno and Armenia, contribute to the intensification of cultural and business ties.

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