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As the most powerful democratic country in the world, the United States must support Armenia in establishing democracy. Congresswoman Jackie Speier-Kanchelian stated about this at a gala of the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly), in Washington, D.C., the Voice of America Armenian Service reported.

In her view, last year’s velvet revolution in Armenia was an unprecedented event not solely for the country, but for the whole world.

According to the congresswoman, Armenia now faces three major challenges: developing the economy, strengthening its position in the region, and opening up opportunities for its own citizens—and all this, with the opportunities provided by the velvet revolution.

She noted that on October 1, a US congressional delegation will pay a one-week visit to Armenia to discuss practical plans for cooperation with the Armenian government.

Also, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had sent a special congratulatory letter to Jackie Speier-Kanchelian in connection with the Assembly awards ceremony; a letter which, in the congresswoman’s words, has special meaning for her.

With an initiative that has been passed by a substantial majority of the members of the US House of Representatives—and at Congresswoman Speier-Kanchelian’s initiative, an additional $40 million in US assistance will be provided to Armenia in the current year.

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