YEREVAN. – The development of Armenian-American cooperation took an important place in the foreign policy agenda of Armenia, says the annual report of the Armenian Foreign Ministry for 2017.
A number of events were organize within the framework of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and the United States.
On March 3, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Thilerson. During the conversation, the sides touched upon numerous issues of the bilateral agenda, expansion of trade and economic cooperation, and exchanged views on a number of key regional and international challenges.
In September 2017, a delegation of the US Congress visited Armenia, including representatives of both the Republican and Democratic parties: the Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone,Jackie Speier, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Tulsi Gabbard, Jim Sensenbrenner, David Valadeo. The delegation held meetings with the President, Prime Minister and other officials of Armenia.
On July 21, Edward Nalbandian received US Deputy Trade Commissioner Daniel Mullaney, and on September 12 - Ed Gresser, Assistant Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics.
On September 20, the Armenian Foreign Minister met in New York with Elisabeth Millard, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Fiona Hill, National Security Council’s Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs, and Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
On October 4-9, a delegation of the Senate and Assembly of California visited Armenia to meet with top leadership of the country.
In 2017, the countries were also developing economic ties. In particular, the year was marked by the entry of a new American campaign into the energy sector with a view to participation in the construction of Shnokh HPP.
Efforts of the Armenian Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized
A photo exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Yerevan and Washington was organized thanks to the efforts of Armenian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy.