(MFA) – On January 14, Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia received Charles Kupchan, Special Assistant to the U.S. President and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe.
Welcoming the guest, Minister Nalbandian mentioned that Armenia attaches great importance to the development of relations with the United States. He commended the Armenian-American friendly partnership, including joint steps undertaken to further their development.
In response, Kupchan, expressing gratitude for the reception, mentioned, “I am glad for this opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen our existing strong and multifaceted relationship, and achieve our shared aim of a free, prosperous, and secure Armenia at peace with its neighbors.”
Both sides reflected on numerous issues on the Armenian-US agenda and exchanged thoughts on pressing international problems.
It was noted with satisfaction that the year 2015 was quite dynamic from the perspective of the development of bilateral relations. The agreement on visa-free regime between Armenia and the USA entered into force, Armenia-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) was signed in May, and the first meeting of Armenia-U.S. Council on Trade and Investment created under the agreement was held in November, in Yerevan. Session of Armenian-US Intergovernmental Committee on Economic Cooperation was convened.
Topics discussed were international and regional issues, the fight against terrorism, conflict resolution, and range of issues on Armenia’s participation in peacekeeping operations.
Edward Nalbandian and Charles Kupchan touched upon the ongoing negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Minister Nalbandian stressed that together with the Minsk Group Co-Chairs Armenia will continue exerting joint efforts to exceptionally peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.