Malawi, Armenia establishes diplomatic ties

Malawi and Armenia have formally estblished diplomatic ties.

The two land-locked countries forged formal diplomatic relations on Friday at a signing ceremony that took place at the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations in New York.

Malawi’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Brian Bowler signed the diplomatic papers on behalf of the Malawi Government whereas his counterpart, Garen Nazarian signed on behalf of the Armenian Government.

According to a statement sent to Nyasa Times  by Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations, both envoys expressed their joy at the new cordial relations, citing that there is mutual benefit for either side.

Bowler and Nazarian signing the diplomatic pact

“Diplomatic relations like these are very important to nations as they promote international cooperation and partnerships in areas of common interest in world organizations such as the United Nations,” the statement said.

On its part, Armenia is fondly looking to opening its doors to Malawi tour operators to visit the Asian country, boasting of century-old monasteries and other touristic resorts, while Malawi is keenly looking forward to explore opportunities that exist of its tobacco and other agricultural products.

Armenia is a large tobacco and grain importer. Armenia also has a well-established mining industry and the Malawi envoy expressed his desire for Malawi to gain technological expertise from Armenia.

According to a communiqué released after the ceremony, the two countries have agreed to promote their bilateral cooperation through their diplomatic missions at the United Nations and other convenient diplomatic channels.

The two countries are convinced that the establishment of diplomatic relations corresponds with the national interests of both countries and will further strengthen international peace and security.

Armenia became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Malawi has in the past six months established formal diplomatic relations with other countries such as Cambodia, Estonia, Slovakia, Montenegro, South Sudan, Mongolia, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Malta and Fiji.

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