Republic of Armenia
Brazil and Armenia established diplomatic relations in 1992. The Embassy of Brazil in Yerevan was opened in 2006. Bilateral relations have their mainstay on the large Armenian community in the country – estimated at 40 thousand people, 25 thousand of which in the State of São Paulo.
In 2011, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, visited Brazil on the occasion of the inauguration of President Dilma Rousseff. In the occasion, he met with the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. The Foreign Ministers addressed bilateral partnerships to increase trade flows and to promote cooperation in science, technology and industrial development. In 2013, Brazil received the visit of the President of the National Assembly, Congressman Hovik Abrahamyan.
Both countries also cooperate in civil defense. Brazil made donations to projects aimed at child nutrition, settlement of refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and humanitarian assistance in Armenia.
The Embassy in Yerevan has also promoted the Brazilian culture in Armenia through concerts, photography and fine arts exhibitions and film festivals. Brazil and Armenia are co-producers of a short movie dedicated to the life of Santos Dumont, entitled “The Wild Bird from Brazil”.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1991 – Raffi Hovhannissian, Minister of Foreign Affairs from the newly independent Republic of Armenia, conducts working visit to Brazil
1992 – Brazil and Armenia establish diplomatic relations
1992 – Visit of President Levon Ter-Petrosyan to Brazil, both to perform official visit to Brasília and to participate in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
1998 – Opening of the Consulate-General of Armenia in São Paulo
1998 – Visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister Armen Baibourdian to Brasília
2001 – Visit of Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian to São Paulo and Brasília
2002 – Visit of President Robert Kotcharyan to Brasília
2006 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Yerevan
2010 – Armenia appoints its first Ambassador to Brazil
2011 – Armenian delegation, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edward Nalbandian, attends the inauguration of President Dilma Rousseff and holds meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (January 2)
2012 – Visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister, Ashot Hovakimian, to Brasília, to participate on the First High Level Meeting of the Open Government Partnership and to meet with the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota
2013 – Visit to Yerevan of the Undersecretary-General for Multilateral and European Affairs, Ambassador Vera Machado. In addition to seeking support for the candidacy of Ambassador Roberto Azevedo to the position of Director-General of the WTO, she participates in a Political Consultation Meeting and gives lecture at the Diplomatic Academy
2013 – President of the National Assembly of Armenia, Congressman Hovik Abrahamyan, accompanied by eleven members of the parliament, visits São Paulo and Brasília. The delegation is received by the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves, occasion when a Memorandum of Understanding is signed for future cooperation between the Legislative Branches
2016 – The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, pays an official visit to Brazil, occasion when he is received by the acting President of the Republic, Michel Temer. President Sarsgyan takes part, also in Brasilia, of the cornerstone laying ceremony of the construction of the Embassy of Armenia, with the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Serra, and of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian (August 12)