June 18, 2024 - 18:11 AMT
U.S. wants road map for key areas of cooperation with Armenia

The United States wants a “clear road map” on how Washington and Yerevan can advance in key areas, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Richard Verma said at a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on June 17.

“The Strategic Partnership is incredibly important to the United States, and we look forward to leaving here with a clear road map on how we can advance in key areas on peace and prosperity, economy, trade, people-to-people ties and continue to bring our cooperation to another level,” the

The two discussed issues of expansion of the Armenia-U.S. bilateral partnership agenda, as well as regional developments.

Touching upon the Capstone meeting of the Armenia-U.S. Strategic Dialogue held in Yerevan on June 12, Minister Mirzoyan noted: “You might be aware, Mr. Deputy Secretary, we just concluded the second capstone meeting of Strategic dialogue between Armenia and the United States, and this time we not only brought new areas and directions to our cooperation but also made a decision to level up to establish Strategic Partnership which will be another milestone. So we move on the correct path, we have tangible results, and of course, we will discuss much more.”

The diplomats discussed issues of Armenian-American decentralized cooperation, emphasizing the establishment and expansion of cooperation between the regions and cities of Armenia and the states and cities of the USA.

Mirzoyan and Verma looked into the development of Armenian-American relations in the context of strengthening Armenia’s resilience. The successful implementation of reforms aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law in Armenia and the valuable U.S. support in that direction were touched upon.

In the context of regional security issues, Minister Mirzoyan briefed his interlocutor on the efforts aimed at normalizing relations with Azerbaijan, including signing a peace treaty. The issues of economic and transport connectivity and the opportunities provided by the implementation of the "Crossroads of Peace" project developed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia were touched upon.