U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Armenia on the 25th anniversary of its independence marked on Wednesday, saying that Washington will continue to help the country “realize its full potential.”
“The United States has been a steadfast partner of Armenia from the first days of its independence,” Obama said in a congratulatory message to President Serzh Sarkisian.
“We remain committed to the promise of those early years, when Armenians proudly raised their tricolor flag for the first time since 1920,” he wrote. “Today, we again affirm our belief that a secure, prosperous, and democratic Armenia is essential for the security for the Armenian people and for the region more broadly.”
“We will continue to work together to help Armenia realize its full potential,” added the letter publicized by Sarkisian’s press office.
Obama also thanked Armenia for participating in multinational peacekeeping operations abroad, accepting thousands of refugees from Syria and contributing to global nuclear security.
Sarkisian was among around 50 heads of state who were invited to a summit on nuclear security hosted by Obama in Washington this spring. The Armenian president met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the eve of the forum. He told Biden that U.S.-Armenian relations are now “at their highest level in their history.”
A high-level U.S. military delegation underlined growing defense cooperation between the two nations when it attended on Wednesday a military parade held in Yerevan as part of official ceremonies to mark Armenia’s Independence Day. The delegation led by three U.S. generals met with Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian on Tuesday.