We have around 6,000 Armenians in Kuwait, says ambassador

16:37 • 30.05.13

Photo from Fadey Charchoghlyan’s Facebook profile

Armenia’s ambassador to Kuwait says 6,000 Armenians reside in the country today, with most being businessmen, including from Syria.

Speaking to Tert.am, Fadey Charchoghlyan noted that the Syrian-Armenians, who have settled in the country in the wake of the recent tensions in Syria, feel very comfortable now, as most have found jobs and other interests of life in Kuwait. “The community is quite calm; they do not interfere in political developments. Most are businessmen; we have car masters, jewelers and doctors well recognized and loved by the Kuwaitis,” the diplomat said.

The Kuwaiti-Armenian community’s history dates from 1955, Charchoghlyan said, adding that the Armenians of Syria, who have been migrating to the country recently, do not form a big majority.

“And the Kuwaiti state, which has imposed a ban on every citizen from Syria, would issue visa to Armenians upon our request, and they would come to their relatives as we have 90% Syrian-Armenians in Kuwait,” the ambassador said, noting that the Syrian-Armenians are given Armenian passports as their identity documents in Kuwait.

Charchoghlyan said that the energy-rich Arab country, which is interested in Armenia, is planning to sign several cooperation agreements with the country in the near future.

According to him, Armenia is also an interesting tourism attraction site for Kuwait. “We have a very serious growth in summer when the Kuwaitis come to Armenia,” he said.

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