January 22, 2021 - 18:42 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The United States will continue to support Armenia as it rebuilds in the years to come, U.S. ambassador to Armenia Lynne M. Tracy said in an article on Friday, January 22.
According to Tracy, since Armenia’s independence, the United States has supported Armenia in its fight for democracy – "not because we have perfected it ourselves, but because we know how much work it takes to protect and defend."
As the United States begins a new chapter in history, Tracy said Washington renews commitment to partnering with the Armenian people, Government, civil society, media, and the private sector to support the aspirations of the Armenian people who voiced their choice for meaningful, tangible reforms to strengthen the country's democratic institutions and for a more prosperous future.
"Democracy and the rule of law are cornerstones of the U.S.-Armenia relationship, but we have an even broader common positive agenda. Supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth, expanding trade and investment, promoting energy security, managing environmental resources responsibly, fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and investing in people through educational opportunities reflect a deep and wide U.S.-Armenia partnership that I am confident will continue to strengthen," Tracy wrote.
"Above all, we recognize the urgent work to be done in moving forward following the devastating conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The U.S. government has responded to Armenia’s critical needs by providing clothes, food, child-friendly safe-spaces, and shelter to displaced peoples. The United States continues to call for the swift and safe return of the remaining detainees. We condemn the acts of atrocities connected with the conflict. Those responsible must be held to account. And, while the fighting has stopped, the need for an enduring political solution on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is essential for securing regional peace and stability."
As reported earlier, U.S. Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken has reiterated the Biden-Harris's campaign pledge to "recognize the Armenian Genocide.” He has also expressed support for U.S. funding to meet the security needs of Armenia and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.