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 Monday, January 25 2021 12:09
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Expert: In the context of the current waterloggedness of the  Armenian-American relations, the appointment of Makunts as ambassador  to the United States is a mistake.

Expert: In the context of the current waterloggedness of the  Armenian-American relations, the appointment of Makunts as ambassador  to the United States is a mistake.

ArmInfo.American political scientist Suren Sargsyan commented on the possible appointment of a member of the Armenian parliament from the ruling "My Step" faction Lilit Makunts as the RA Ambassador to the United States. Thus, the  expert, referring to the appointment of Makunts as ambassador, called  for a sober assessment of the current situation.

"The Armenian ambassadors in Washington were originally professional  diplomats. In this direction, our personnel policy has always been  brilliant. "The high bar" so to speak - Shugaryan, Kirakosyan,  Margaryan, Hovhannisyan and Nersesyan are competent diplomats who  perfectly represent the modern American reality and brilliantly  fulfill the tasks assigned to them, "Sargsyan noted on his Facebook  page, recalling that there was one political appointment, which is  also often practiced in international relations.  According to the  expert, the appointment of a political heavyweight to the post of  ambassador underlines the importance of relations with this state and  readiness to develop them. "And if we take into account the fact that  Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, a year before his appointment as  ambassador, established rather close ties with then Vice President  Joe Biden, the picture becomes more complex. The message of the  Armenian side was correctly received by Washington. Tigran Sargsyan  was received by President Barack Obama about two weeks after arriving  in Washington, although protocol usually requires months, "the  political scientist added.

At the same time, he expressed bewilderment why, in a short time  after the revolution in Armenia, Ambassador Hovhannisyan was recalled  from the United States and Nersesyan was appointed in his place.   Calling it illogical to appoint Hovhannisyan as Deputy Foreign  Minister, and Nersesyan as US Ambassador, if the new government  wanted to demonstrate the departure of the former, and the arrival of  new ones with the concept of "new Armenia".

According to the Americanist, there is another problem, namely, the  last three Armenian ambassadors have been in Washington for no more  than 2.5 years. He added that if in the case of Tigran Sargsyan this  was understandable, since he was appointed head of an international  organization, then the shocking changes of Hovhannesyan and Nersesyan  could leave a frivolous impression in the United States. Sargsyan  believes that Nersisyan is working quite efficiently and at a good  pace, despite the often inadequate instructions coming from Yerevan. 

Almost everyone is against the appointment and in the Foreign  Ministry, and this is the second prerequisite for failure. Also, many  negative signals come from communities, they consider this power to  be traitors.  This is the third prerequisite for the inevitability of  failure.  Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Washington is a heavyweight, he  is in Washington for already  10 years. The matter needs to be  seriously balanced. And Makunts is not a counterweight, while  Nersisyan is a fellow student of the Azerbaijani. Knows him well and  resists. I can continue this list>, - the expert summed up.  Earlier,  information about the imminent appointment of Lilit Makunts as the  Ambassador of Armenia to the United States was disseminated in the  media. The night before, Makunts in an interview with one of the  Armenian media confirmed that the issue of her possible appointment  as ambassador to Washington is being discussed. 


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