YEREVAN, June 15. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received today Zareh Sinanyan, the newly appointed Chief Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, the government’s press service reported.
“I have signed a decision on appointing you to the position of Chief Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs and I am very glad that you will have to work in Armenia. The events that took place in Armenia last year showed that tremendous changes occurred not only in Armenia, but also in its Diaspora. Definitely I can say that last year the Diaspora participated in the velvet, non-violent popular revolution that took place in Armenia,” Pashinyan was quoted as saying.
Pashinyan said during his overseas visits he came to a conclusion that the policy of working with the Diaspora should be changed and made more effective with the main focus being on expanding the involvement of the Diaspora in Armenia’s economic, social and political life, as well as in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and also in the formation and implementation of the new Armenian agenda. “I am grateful that you agreed to abandon your work in Glendale and return to Armenia. This is very symbolic,” he said.
Sinanyan said the Diaspora for Armenia is a ready-made potential that should be used for the benefit of the homeland.
“Armenia, in turn, is in some sense a guarantee for strengthening the Diaspora. There are also many problems there, and I have no doubt that today’s Armenia is ready to support its fellow countrymen in the Diaspora as well as our Diaspora compatriots are ready to assist Armenia and Artsakh,” he noted.
Zareh Sinanyan was born in 1973 in Yerevan. In 1988 he moved with his family to the United States, where he graduated from the University of Southern California and the University of California in Los Angeles. He served as mayor of Glendale in 2014–2015. Before being appointed as mayor, he won elections to the city council and served in various commissions, including the Park Service and Recreation Service, and the Advisory Committee for Community Development Grants. He was engaged in one of the Armenian lobbying companies.
Under a new government structure, the Ministry of Diaspora was replaced by the Chief Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs under the Prime Minister’s Office.