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Canada-Armenia Relations

The Embassy of Canada in Moscow, Russia, is accredited to Armenia, and Canadian officials regularly travel to Armenia to engage with Armenian officials on issues of mutual interest. Since 1997, Canada has also been represented by an Honorary Consul located in Yerevan. In 1995, Armenia opened an embassy in Ottawa.

Minister Cannon has met with his Armenian counterpart, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, several times, most recently on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2010. Minister Nalbandian visited Ottawa from May 31-June 1, 2010, at Minister Cannon's invitation.

Canada strongly supported Armenia’s candidacy to become an associate member of l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, which was accepted at the Quebec Summit in 2008. In March 2010, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for La Francophonie, Jacques Bilodeau, attended Francophonie celebrations in Yerevan, where he met with Foreign Minister Nalbandian. Canada had a strong presence during the 2010 Francophonie celebrations in Yerevan with the participation of Canadian storyteller Renée Robitaille in the Festival du conte francophone.  A delegation of French-Canadian poets and publishers will visit Yerevan and Gyumri from March 18 to 22 to participate in the "Le printemps des poètes,” one of the highlights of the 2011 Francophonie celebrations. This year Yerevan will host the International Association of Francophone Mayors’ Conference.

The Armenian government is pleased that Canada recognizes as genocide the tragic suffering among Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. The 2006 recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Government of Canada had its basis in earlier parliamentary actions, namely a 2004 Motion in the House of Commons and a Senate Resolution in 2002.

Canada-Armenia bilateral merchandise trade continued to growth in 2010 due to increased exports but remains at low levels ($48.4 million). Merchandise exports more than doubled from 2009 levels ($8.8 million) to $18.5 million. However, imports ($29.9 million) from Armenia were down approximately 12% from 2009.

Canada-Armenia bilateral trade arrangements include an agreement on Trade and Commerce (1999), a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (1999), and a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (2005).

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