Egypt and Armenia
Wednesday، 26 December 2012 - 12:00 AM
Following Armenia's independence from the Soviet Union was one of the first countries to recognize Armenia's independence a Convention on the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic relations was signed in 1992. The Egyptian embassy in Armenia was opened in May 1993 while the Armenian Embassy in March 1992.
The bilateral relations gained a strong impetus after the visit of Armenian former President Robert Kocharian to Cairo in April 2007.
The most significant point in the political relations between Egypt and Armenia is the Armenian appreciation towards Egypt's neutral position with regard to Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as well as Egypt's hosting the Armenians fleeing from massacres that took place against them, and their integration into the Egyptian society.
An Armenian-Egyptian parliamentary friendship group was established where the Egyptian side is headed by Dr. Ahmed Omar Hashem.
The beginning of 2010 witnessed several visits of Armenian high officials to Egypt.
On 20/4/2015: Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese visited the History Museum of Armenia. The pontiff listened to a detailed explanation about the Armenian genocide. The Pope participated in the 100th anniversary of the genocide.
On 16-18/1/2010: Speaker of Parliament of Armenia Hovik Abrahamian visited Egypt.
On 31/5-2/6/2010: Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan headed a delegation included the mayor of Yerevan and senior officials of the Ministry of Economy visited Cairo.
On 11-13/6/2010: Minister of Diaspora of Armenia Hranush Hakobian visited Cairo.
Although the political relations are excellent, it does not match the trade exchange volume between the two countries which reached in 2008 about 7 million U.S. dollars, up from 4 million in 2007, and 2.8 million in 2006, where Egypt mostly exports pharmaceutical products, the limited trade between the two countries and returns to several reasons including the fact that Armenia a landlocked country and the absence of direct flights between Egypt and Armenia.
There is an agreement in the promotion and protection of investments signed in 1996 and another in the avoidance of double taxation signed in 2005, in addition to a number of memorandums of understanding and executive programs signed between the Egyptian and Armenian counterparts in different areas such as education, culture, radio and television, trade, exhibitions, Earth Sciences.
Convention on mutual judicial assistance in criminal matters.
Agreement for cooperation between the two official news agencies in both countries.
Agreement on customs cooperation and mutual assistance.
Convention on Extradition.
Agreement for cooperation in the field of organized crime.
Agreement for cooperation in the legal field.
Executive program for tourism cooperation.
Agreement for cooperation between the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and Yerevan State Medical University.
Agreement between the Union of Businessmen and Egyptian Chamber of Industry and the Union of Armenian Businessmen to establish Egyptian-Armenian Business Council.
The Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Countries plays very important role in strengthening bilateral ties between Egypt and Armenia, Armenia is grateful for the Fund's assistance, whether in the form of training courses in various fields, or in the form of financial and technical assistance. What increases the sense of appreciation that this assistance comes from a developing country, which giving it a deeper meaning.
Armenia is the second largest country to benefit from courses organized by the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with the CIS Countries since its establishment until the end of 2008, where the Fund trained 1669 Armenian cadres in several specialties.
The number of Armenian tourists visited was about 2500 in the year 2009, charter flights are operated on a regular basis from to Sharm El-Sheikh from mid-September till end of May.
Egypt participated in the Second International Song Festival "Renaissance" which was held during the period from 5 to 13 May 2010 in Gyumri the second largest city of Armenia. Ms. Ghada Mohamed Samir Egyptian Conservatoire student won the first place in the competition of women singing and the second place in general among 357 participants from 14 countries.
Egypt offered seven scholarships for studying Arabic language to the Armenians students for the academic year 2010/2011.