Ashot Ghoulian served as NKR Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2004
Ashot Ghoulian was named Foreign Affairs Minister on October 11, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Ghoulian served as Chairman of the Artsakh Democratic Union, a major political organization in Nagorno Karabakh.
A career civil servant, Ghoulian was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister in 1998 following three years as the Head of the Foreign Ministry's political department. Ghoulian also managed the Diaspora and Bilateral Affairs Department.
In 1992, Ghoulian served as a senior advisor to the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Supreme Council (NKR parliament) and one year later rose to the position of Assistant to the Speaker of the Parliament.
As a member of the NKR delegation, in 1995-1997 Ghoulian participated in OSCE Minsk Group-mediated negotiations on Nagorno Karabakh in Europe and Russia. He holds the diplomatic rank of the Extraordinary Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister.
Minister Ghoulian is a graduate of the Artsakh State University, where he studied history and law. He was born in 1965 in Nagorno Karabakh and is married with three sons.