By Emil DanielyanPrime Minister Tigran Sarkisian wrapped up a five-day visit to Washington late Tuesday with talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The U.S. State Department and the Armenian government issued no statements on the agenda and other details of the meeting as of Wednesday evening.
“The United States and Armenia, of course, have good relations,” Rice was reported to tell journalists just before the talks. “We are working on a number of issues. We were very pleased to see that the visit of [Turkish] President Gul to Armenia went very well, and look forward to continuing to work on issues of common interest.”
Rice also said she and Sarkisian will “certainly” discuss international efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which the United States hopes will produce a breakthrough before the end of this year.
The Karabakh conflict and the recent thaw in Turkish-Armenian relations were on the agenda of Sarkisian’s meeting on Friday with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The two men also discussed U.S.-Armenian relations and Sarkisian’s ambitious reform agenda. U.S. officials have praised his stated efforts to combat corruption, ensure equal government treatment of all businesses and reform Armenia’s tax and customs services.
While in Washington, the Armenian premier also attended annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and met high-ranking officials from both lending institutions.