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Yerevan Expects No Major U.S. Policy Change After Trump Win


U.S. -- A Trump supporter holds up a campaign sign at Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump's election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016

U.S. -- A Trump supporter holds up a campaign sign at Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump's election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016

The United States is unlikely to change its policy towards the South Caucasus after Donald Trump takes over as its new president, Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian said on Thursday.

“We are dealing with a stable [U.S. government] system with a stable field of experts and stable programs drawn up in advance,” Kocharian told reporters. “And we will see the foreign policy that will be adopted by the new White House leadership.”

“I don’t think that there is cause for serious concern. But there is always room for work,” he said.

Armenia - Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian.

Armenia - Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian.

The U.S. ambassador in Yerevan, Richard Mills, said on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy is unlikely to undergo fundamental changes regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. “The U.S. government will remain committed to our friends around the world and certainly to our friend Armenia,” he said shortly before it became clear that Trump will win the election.

The Republican Party candidate did not make public statements on U.S. policy on the South Caucasus during the U.S. presidential race.

Kocharian dismissed suggestions that Trump may have little knowledge of key regional issues such as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “An election candidate does not have to have full information about events in all parts of the world,” he said. “But when he gets to deal with such issues [after taking office] he will have that full information.”

President Serzh Sarkisian was quick to congratulate Trump on his election victory. “I am confident that during your presidency the close U.S.-Armenia partnership will continue to develop dynamically – expanding and reaching new heights in different areas,” he said.

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