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Armenian President Sees U.S. Independence as ‘Significant’ for Karabakh


U.S. -- President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

U.S. -- President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has extended his congratulations to the leadership and people of the United States on their national holiday, stressing that America’s Independence Day bears significance also for Armenians in Karabakh.


In his remarks during a visit to the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan on Monday Sarkisian reportedly said that “there is no nation or people that are not striving for independence and freedom” and stressed that American Independence Day marked on July 4 “had and even today has significance not only for the people of the United States, but for all nations, including the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Sarkisian’s press office also reported that the same day the Armenian leader sent a congratulatory message to his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama, wishing him “new success” and “peace and prosperity to the friendly people of the United States.”

The Armenian leader also described as “invaluable” the “continuous and comprehensive assistance to the Republic of Armenia... provided by the United States from day one of our independence.”

“I take this opportunity to thank your administration and you personally for persistent and constructive efforts for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem that are aimed at maintaining peace, stability and security in the region,” Sarkisian, in particular, said in his message. “Armenia attaches special importance to the ongoing close cooperation with the United States and warm partnership relations, progressive development of our bilateral relations, further strengthening and deepening of friendship between our peoples and our countries.”
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