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Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, handed a letter from U.S. President Joe Biden to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

We present the letter below.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I send my best wishes to you and the people of Armenia as you celebrate your Independence Day. This year, as we mark this proud occasion, we are also mourning the recent loss of life of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh. I have asked Samantha Power, a key member of my cabinet, to personally coney to you the strong support of the United States and my Administration for Armenia’s pusuit of a dignified and durable regional peace that maintains your sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and democracy.

Armenia has demonstrated its commitment to that purpose by engaging in peace talks with Azerbaijan as well as implementing critical economic reforms, improving government acountability and strengthening democratic institutions. I assure you that the United States will continue to stand besides Armenia as you work to strengthen the democracy at home and seek stability in your neighborhood.

The United States is committed to work with your government and addressing humanitarian needs emerging from the latest violence, which Administrator Power will discuss with you in depth. We will also continue to strengthen our cooperation on energy diversification, resilience, snd security, as demonstrated by our recent military excercises.

Armenia’s rich history has inspired nations and people everywhere to strive for liberty and justice. And the Armenian-American community continues to be a source of strength in my own country. In the year ahead, I hope to continue to further deepen and strengthen the bonds between our nations – and our people.”

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