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Armenia Committed To ‘Friendly Relations’ With U.S.


Belgium - U.S. President Donald Trump and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian talk during a NATO summit in Brussels, 11 July 2018.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian reaffirmed Armenia’s commitment to deepening its relations with the United States and praised Washington’s policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an Independence Day message to President Donald Trump sent at the weekend.

“Armenia highly values the further development of friendly relations with the United States as part of the strategic dialogue established a year ago,” read the message.

“We are committed to continued participation in the U.S.-led initiatives aimed at fighting cross-border terrorism and enhancing international security to the best of our ability,” it said.

For his part, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian noted a “unique connection” between the two countries and their “mutual sympathy and trust” in a statement on U.S. Independence Day. He described the U.S. as a “land of liberty and democracy.”

“We value the engaging character of our renewed dialogue, which enables us to discuss and expand our current common agenda,” said Mnatsakanian.

Both Pashinian and Mnatsakanian thanked Washington for its long-running assistance to Armenia and praised the U.S. role in international efforts to resolve the Karabakh conflict. The U.S. spearheads those efforts together with Russia and France within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-headed by the three world powers.

“We appreciate the United States’ constructive involvement and balanced policy in the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” wrote the Armenian prime minister.

Mnatsakanian discussed the Karabakh peace process with Philip Reeker, the acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, by phone on June 29.

Their phone conversation came just hours before the Armenian foreign minister held a fresh video conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov and the Minsk Group’s U.S., Russian and French co-chairs.

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