AGBU Europe’s Astrid Alexanian-Papazian Honored by Austrian Government

Astrid_Alexanian_Papazian_01 On the evening of January 21, 2008, Thomas Nader, Austrian Ambassador to Egypt, organized a dinner-reception in his Cairo home, which served as the occasion to bestow upon Austria’s Consul General Astrid Alexanian-Papazian the “Gold Medal of Honor for Devotion and Services to the Republic of Austria.” Present were high-ranking guests, members of Alexanian-Papazian’s family and a host of close friends.

Ambassador Nader stated that the Alexanian family has represented Austria in a fitting manner and emphasized that all the ambassadors and their colleagues that have worked in Cairo have been greatly impressed with Astrid Alexanian-Papazian and the work she has done. He concluded his remarks, saying that having Alexanian-Papazian as Austria’s representative is an honor and that she is justly deserving of this medal. On behalf of Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadors, ministers and provincial officials, the ambassador extended the warmest congratulations and wishes.

In response to the ambassador’s remarks, the lady of honor thanked everyone for their warm words of appreciation and kind statements.

Alexanian was nominated Honorary Consul of Austria in Alexandria in 1987 and Honorary Consul General in 2004, in charge of Austrian Commercial and Cultural Affairs. She is currently President of A. Alexanian Group of Companies in the tobacco industry and is a member of the board and shareholder of the Egyptian Textile Industries SAE. She has been a member of AGBU for the past 49 years, is president of the Armenian Cultural Center Dikran Yergat since 2004 and has been involved in various Armenian community services. Recently, she was named to the Board of Directors of AGBU Europe.

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