Richard Mills, the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America (US) to the Republic of Armenia, today handed over his credentials to President Serzh Sargsyan.
The President congratulated Ambassador Mills on starting his diplomatic tenure in our country and wished him success. Serzh Sargsyan expressed the hope that the ambassador’s tenure would be marked by new achievements of the Armenian-American partnership.
Serzh Sargsyan underscored that Armenian-US relations stand high on the country’s foreign policy agenda and that Armenia is committed to continuing efforts at strengthening bilateral ties and promoting multifaceted cooperation. The Armenian President praised the US for continuously supporting Armenia’s economic development, implementation of multi-sectoral reforms and consolidation of democracy and civil society, thereby helping further strengthen and reinforce our statehood. At the same time, the President laid special emphasis on the US’s role to maintain security and stability in the region, including its active involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair country.
Ambassador Richard Mills expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome and congratulations, underscoring that the US pursues a clear goal to continue economic, political and security cooperation with Armenia. According to the ambassador, the US is keen on working towards boosting Armenian-American trade and commercial ties and stimulating reforms. In that context, the interlocutors placed great value on the activities of the Armenian-American Intergovernmental Commission on Economic issues. They also discussed the status of the works aimed at negotiating the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between Armenia and the US.
At the meeting, the parties also reflected upon the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and the commemorative events to be held in Armenia and abroad to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.