Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with Armenian officials

YEREVAN, 14 June 2018 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Defense Minister Davit ...
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U.S. Embassy helps alumni bring Art Alive!

Art allows us to express our emotions, share our thoughts, and communicate our culture. That’s why, over the years, the U.S. Embassy has been proud to send a number of artists and art community leaders to the United States on various exchange programs. Now alumni of those programs are banding together to highlight the vibrant ...
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U.S. Embassy continues celebration of social inclusion of individuals with disabilities

As a continuation of its “Wonder-ful Life” campaign started in 2014, which saw the translation of the book “Wonder” into Armenian and development of a curriculum to help more than 50 schools teach the importance of social inclusion for individuals with disabilities, the U.S. Embassy will be offering two free public screenings of the Hollywood ...
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U.S. Embassy and AmCham focus on supporting U.S. investment in Armenia

On June 1, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia (AmCham) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, organized a discussion focused on attracting U.S. investments to Armenia.  The workshop specifically focused on how companies and investors can work with the ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills, Jr. Remarks at swearing in of Peace Corps Volunteers

Thank you. It is always an honor to join Peace Corps Armenia as we swear in a new group of volunteers. I find it a personal pleasure to see so many of my fellow Americans eager to work alongside our Armenian partners, building a strong future for Armenia through their work and developing the personal ...
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U.S. Embassy’s American Film Showcase will inspire, empower, and encourage

After receiving standing-room-only crowds last year, the U.S. Embassy is proud to bring back the American Film Showcase 2018.  This year the film festival’s theme is “Inspire, Empower, and Encourage,” and it features a number of documentaries to showcase the power of individuals to change the world.  Films will be screened for free June 4-10. ...
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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink visits Armenia

Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, visited Armenia May 27-28 for meetings with the new government and civil society. In her first meeting with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, DAS Brink congratulated him on the election and for a peaceful transition of government.  She welcomed ...
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Armenian Delegation attends OSCE 18th Counter-Trafficking-in-Persons Alliance Conference

On April 23-24, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored an Armenian delegation of ten representatives from key stakeholder organizations to attend the 18thAlliance against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conference organized by the OSCE in Vienna. This year’s event focused on promoting inclusive partnerships to further enhance the coherence ...
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INL Sponsors DHS Financial Investigations Training

From April 17-20, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) sponsored a series of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trainings, led by Homeland Security Investigations special agents, for Armenian investigators, Financial Intelligence Unit staff, prosecutors, and judges. The course focused on investigations and prosecutions of financial crimes, offering participants updates ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits southern Armenia to see Embassy-supported projects

U.S. Ambassador visits southern Armenia to see Embassy-supported projects English students, ancient frescos, and handcrafted accessories – when U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., and his spouse Leigh traveled to Syunik Province this week his agenda was filled with visits to a variety of efforts supported by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia. “As lovely ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia

Locations: Downtown Yerevan Gyumri, Vanadzor Spitak, Armavir Throughout Armenia Event:  Groups continue to protest Armenian election results.  Police/security forces have detained individuals in the area of the protests.  Protesters have blocked roads, including intrastate highways throughout Armenia, without notice.  Widespread protests and massive road closures that have impacted the metro, railroad, and airport may continue. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia (May 1, 2018) Location: Gatherings throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia and other parts of Armenia. Event: Demonstrations that began on April 13 continue throughout Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Spitak, Armavir and other locations in Armenia with no set end date. The groups are protesting the Armenian government.  Recent protests have ...
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Situation in Armenia

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 28, 2018 The United States continues to monitor closely the situation in Armenia.  As a friend of Armenia, we urge all parties to engage in good faith negotiations on the formation of a new government in accordance with the Constitution, and to reach a resolution that reflects the interests ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia

Location: Gatherings throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia and other parts of Armenia. Event: Demonstrations that began on April 13 continue throughout Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Spitak, Armavir and other locations in Armenia with no set end date. The groups are protesting the Armenian government.  Recent protests have encountered a large police/security force presence and these forces have ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy

The Office of the Acting Prime Minister and the U.S. Embassy regret that the quote attributed to Ambassador Mills in the press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office today was a mistranslation of the Ambassador’s comments and the views of the U.S. government.  As the U.S. Embassy has said before, peaceful assembly of the ...
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The United States Urges Constructive Dialogue in Armenia

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON April 24, 2018 The coming days represent a historic moment for the people of Armenia and its elected leaders, as they embark on the process of forming a new government.  We urge all sides to engage constructively, within the legal framework of the Armenian constitution, to ensure a peaceful transition ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2018

Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  We recall the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia (April 22, 2018)

Location: Gatherings throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia and spreading to other parts of Armenia. Event: Demonstrations that began on April 13 continue throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia (and in other locations throughout Armenia) with no set end date. The groups are protesting the Armenian government. Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence and these forces ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia (April 19, 2018)

Location: Announced gatherings throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia. Event: Demonstrations are continuing throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia with no set end date. The groups are protesting the Armenian government. Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence and detentions. Additional demonstrations in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Spitak, and Armavir are occurring.  Roads and the surrounding areas are congested. ...
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American Corners in Armenia celebrate National Library Week with Reading Marathon

“It was a dark and stormy night.” So begins the story of “A Wrinkle in Time,” a classic piece of U.S. fiction by author Madeleine L’Engle, which was read aloud in the U.S. Embassy’s five American Corners in Armenia on Friday, April 13, in celebration of both U.S. and Armenian National Library Week. The Reading ...
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U.S. Embassy brings leadership and fundraising expert to Armenia for public seminar

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan is pleased to be bringing to Armenia Nancy Bocskor, an internationally-known expert in applied democracy. She will be leading two all-day public lectures. The first on April 7 focuses on fundraising and is designed for professionals from civic, educational, and cultural organizations. The second, on April 8, will explore leadership ...
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New INL Armenia Justice Academy Anticorruption and Human Rights Curriculum Development Project

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan recently launched a new project to support sustainable curriculum development for training Armenia’s investigators, prosecutors, and judges.  The one-year cooperative agreement, implemented by the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) with Yerevan State University, will support the Armenian Justice ...
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Application now open for visual effects and computer graphics masterclass with U.S. expert

The U.S. Embassy’s American Film Showcase 2018 “Inspire, Empower, Encourage” will feature free screenings of thirteen feature documentaries from April 27 to May 3 at the Moscow Cinema. Like last year, the film festival is about more than watching movies. It will also feature a master class for young Armenian filmmakers. This year, the workshop ...
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Statement on inaccurate reports about U.S. budget spending

The budget agreement recently signed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump includes funding for foreign assistance programs, including those in Armenia.  Recent reports that the funding plan eliminates all foreign assistance to Armenia are wrong and based on a misunderstanding of the U.S. budget process. Given the strong separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution, ...
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Promoting Women’s Role in Law Enforcement

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Bureau recently sent a delegation of 10 Armenian women working in law enforcement to attend the 7th annual Women in Police Conference, hosted by the INL office at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia. This was an opportunity for female officers to network and exchange ideas ...
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The 26th group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived to Armenia

Last night 42 American Peace Corps Volunteers have arrived to Armenia. The Volunteers form the 26th group of Peace Corps Volunteers to serve in our country. With the addition of this new group, currently there are approximately 110 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in rural villages and towns throughout all of the regions of Armenia. The ...
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U.S. Citizen Fugitive Located in Armenia and Extradited to the United States

The United States Embassy in Yerevan Armenia and the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Armenia Cooperate to Extradite a U.S. Fugitive U.S. and Armenian law enforcement authorities and prosecutors coordinated the capture and return of a U.S. citizen fugitive located in Yerevan, Armenia. United States Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia Richard Mills, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Mills unveils plans to expand Yerevan American Corner

On March 2, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., announced plans to expand the Yerevan American Corner during a ceremony in which he was presented with the Avetik Isahakyan Medal in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Yerevan City Central Library. “While you present this award to me, it is important ...
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U.S. Embassy in Armenia on Visa Fraud Case Statement for Media

United States citizen Stella Boyadjian and Armenian citizens Diana Grigoryan aka “Dina Akopovna” and Hrachya Atoyan were recently indicted by a U.S. Federal Grand Jury for their alleged roles in a visa fraud operation that illegally brought Armenian citizens to the United States for profit.  The indictment includes charges of conspiracy, visa fraud, money laundering, ...
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Joint INL and DEA Advanced Narcotics Investigation Course

Yerevan, Armenia — The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office sponsored an advanced narcotics investigation course led by officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Yerevan on February 5-9, 2018.  Representatives from four Armenian law enforcement agencies participated in this five-day course, which included case studies and tabletop exercises on ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia

BAKU / YEREVAN, 11 February 2018 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 February and President ...
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U.S. Trains Armenian Legal Experts on Intellectual Property Rights

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office, together with a visiting delegation of U.S. Homeland Security agents, trained Armenian judges, prosecutors, and investigators on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and investigation November 27 – December 1, 2017. The training highlighted the link between IPR and transnational organized crime and national security, with ...
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New INL Armenia Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) Project for Juvenile Justice

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, on November 13, 2017, launched a new project to support juvenile justice.  The one-year Legal Education and Active Participation (LEAP) cooperative agreement, implemented by Project Harmony, will support community-oriented social justice through positive interactions between youth and law enforcement officials. ...
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Immigration Scam Targeting Syrian Refugees

U.S. Embassy Yerevan wishes to alert Syrian refugees in Armenia of an ongoing attempted immigration fraud.  Several Syrian families seeking to relocate to the United States from Armenia have fallen victim to a scam which consists of an individual promising relocation and refugee travel document services from U.S. Embassy Yerevan in return for a fee ...
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Embassy Sends Delegation on Open World Judicial Exchange

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan selected four Armenian participants for an Open World Exchange Program focused on the Judicial System in the United States.  INL also helped develop the program, which took place in Washington, DC, and Norfolk, Virginia.  The delegation included a public defender, the ...
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U.S. Embassy’s INL Office Sponsors Armenian Delegation to the International Corrections and Prisons Association Conference

From October 22 to 27, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan sponsored the participation of two representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Justice to attend the 19th Annual International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Conference in London. The annual conference is the largest international gathering of its ...
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U.S. Embassy Concert Showcases 25 Years of U.S.-Armenian Friendship

A U.S. Embassy-sponsored concert, “Holiday Magic,” dazzled the Armenian public with American and Armenian Christmas music performed by talented up-and-coming Armenian bands and musicians.  The festive event marked the end of a year long celebration of America’s 25 years of partnership and friendship with an independent and sovereign Republic of Armenia, using song, verse, dancing, ...
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U.S. Expert Providing Post-Forest Fire Support to Armenia

An expert from the U.S. Forest Service concludes a working visit to Armenia today. Together with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Nature Protection, applied fire ecologist Jennifer Croft supported an assessment of wildfire fighting capabilities that will help the Armenian government further improve its ability to fight wildfires in the future.  ...
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INL-FBI-Justice Academy Partnership: Social Media and Open Source Investigations Training

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Office of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan organized a three-day training on social media and open source investigations for investigators from the Special Investigative Service, Investigative Committee, and National Security Service, and for representatives from the Ministry of Justice.  This collaborative effort utilized Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...
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Armenia’s International Community to Honour Rights Advocates

Yerevan, Armenia – The U.S. Embassy, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Embassy of the Republic of France, the United Nations, and the Council of Europe honoured individuals working to promote human ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Yerevan reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ...
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International Day of People with Disabilities Celebrates Accomplishments, Notes Need for Sustainability

On this, the International Day of People with Disabilities, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan would like to recognize the achievements and contributions of Armenians with disabilities to create a more just and equal society. People with disabilities have contributed to Armenian society in numerous ways. They are parliamentarians, civil society leaders, teachers, lawyers, artists and ...
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The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, and thank you, Jane, for that very kind introduction, and also thanks to the Wilson Center for this opportunity to address you today. The Wilson Center has made many important contributions to public policy over the years, and therefore it’s a very fitting venue for our discussion today on Europe, considering ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Armenian Translation of Bestselling Novel “Out of My Mind”

In support of Armenia’s efforts to move toward a fully inclusive education system, and as part of the U.S. Embassy’s program to bring select American literature to Armenian audiences, the Armenian version of New York Times bestselling novel “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper was launched today at AGBU.  With Ms. Draper leading a ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On 25 November, the world observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day also marks the start of a global awareness raising campaign – the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence – that runs annually from 25 November to 10 December. Every woman and every girl has the right ...
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Serving the Leaders of Today, Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow – INL Supports Armenian Delegation to International Association of Chiefs of Police

October 21-24, 2017, the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) supported a delegation of senior Armenian investigators to participate in the 124th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference. The IACP is an organization that shapes the law enforcement profession, develops law enforcement leaders, and provides educational and ...
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Career and Job Fair launched with the support of U.S. Embassy

To cap off a busy Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, together with Haykuhi Gevorkyan of Career Lab and Araksia Martirosyan of International Academy of Business, connected job recruiters with job seekers at a career and entrepreneurship fair at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan. The fair offered workshops on resume writing, panel discussions ...
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Forensic Management Training for Armenian National Bureau of Expertises

In September 2017, The U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) organized a training session for Armenia’s National Bureau of Expertise.  The training focused on strengthening sustainability, quality assurance, and forensic management, supporting Armenia’s efforts to modernize its law enforcement and counter transnational crime and drug trafficking. The session was led ...
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Opening of Ministry of Health and Agriculture Martuni Laboratory in Gegharkunik

On 16 October, the US Ambassador, Richard Mills Jr. and the Minister of Health Dr. Levon Altunyan officially opened the newly renovated Ministry of Health and Agriculture Martuni Laboratory in Gegharkunik. This was followed by two more laboratory grand openings in Kapan and Vanadzor. The labs are designed to help Armenia track, monitor, and fight ...
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U.S. Embassy and U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Team Up to Support the Agriculture Sector in Armenia

On November 1, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and HSBC Bank Armenia, organized business conference focused on Armenia’s agriculture sector. The goal was to connect Armenian companies involved in the sector with the expertise, products, and technology of well-known U.S. companies Valmont and Monsanto. The conference aimed to ...
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INL Anti-Corruption Training for Armenian Ministry of Justice and Prison Staff:

INL enlisted experts from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MPSCS) and from the U.S. Department of Justice to deliver anti-corruption training in Yerevan.  The training sought to bolster Armenia’s capabilities to identify, investigate, and prevent corruption in correctional institutions and was delivered in two phases – both phases combining practitioners and ...
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U.S. Department of State Announces Opening of the Registration Period for 2019 Diversity Visa “Green Card” Lottery

Yerevan, Armenia – The U.S. Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also known as the “Green Card Lottery.” The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, ...
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New Entry Period for United States 2019 Diversity Visa Program (Dv-2019)

Due to technical issues, the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa Program is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered.  We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants.  In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the ...
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U.S. Embassy joins Ministry of Health to open regional disease prevention labs

Residents in Martuni, Kapan, and Vanadzor are safer today thanks to the construction of laboratories designed to track, monitor, and fight infections.  The labs — constructed by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, provided with new technology, and updated to meet modern seismic safety standards – are part of the Ministry of Health’s National Center for ...
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U.S. Embassy Cultural and Partnership Tour of Armenia Continues

The U.S. Embassy is once again headed to the regions, this time showcasing American film, dance, and literature in celebration of its 25-year anniversary in Armenia.  The cultural and partnership tour, called “America on the Road Again,” will kick off October 14 and run through the end of November. “This summer we targeted larger regional ...
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Op-Ed by USAID Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser

Partners and Friends, It is my great honor to lead the USAID Mission in Armenia. Since 1992, USAID has partnered with the Government of Armenia and its citizens to address a variety of challenges.  Over 25 years, USAID assistance and USAID’s partnership with Armenia has evolved to respond to Armenia’s changing needs in its transition ...
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Upcoming OSCE Co-chair visit to region

Mr. Andrew J. Schofer, the new U.S. Co-Chair for the OSCE Minsk Group, will pay his first visit to Yerevan and Baku this week to meet with local officials and to get a firsthand look at the situation on the ground. While in the region, Mr. Schofer will also join his fellow Minsk Group Co-Chairs for high-level meetings.‎ The U.S. supports ...
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U.S. Embassy sponsors Armenian-Turkish photojournalism book #BridgingStories

Photos of everyday events and shared common memories, captured on both sides of a closed border by young Armenian and Turkish photographers, are available in a powerful photo book called “#BridgingStories.”  The book was launched on September 26 in Yerevan, bringing together the mentors and several of the young photographers whose work is included in ...
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Ambassador Mills opens U.S. government-funded Areni Cave preservation project

In the hills, just down the road from the Noravank Monastery, is a cave known as Areni-1.  At first glance, it would be easy to miss.  But as archeologists worked in the cave they found some important items, such as the earliest-known human shoe and the earliest winery.  This speaks to our shared human heritage, ...
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Unlocking Armenia’s Potential for Duty-Free Exports to United States Using Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program

On September 13, Ed Gresser, the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics, led a discussion with Armenian officials and business leaders on how to boost Armenia’s exports to the United States.  By utilizing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, Armenian companies can take advantage of preferential duty-free access to the ...
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U.S. Forest Service Team in Armenia for Post-Fire Recovery Support

A team of experts from the U.S. Forest Service is in Armenia working with the Ministry of Nature Protection to assist with decisions of where, when, and how to apply the most effective post-fire treatments to mitigate erosion, flooding, and promote long-term watershed health and vegetation recovery following the Khosrov and Artavan fires. The team, ...
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U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Commemorates Sasnashen Plane Tragedy

On September 2, U.S. Defense Attaché in Armenia Colonel Bruce A. Murphy and other Department of Defense members from the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan  joined residents of Sasnashen to mark the 59th anniversary of the crash of a U.S. Air Force C-130, which was shot down by Soviet fighter jets over Armenian soil.  The crash, ...
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Alumni of George C. Marshall Center discuss Armenia’s security challenges

On Friday, leaders from Armenia’s military, ministries, institutions and agencies joined all alumni of the George C. Marshall Center’s Center for Security Studies for a conference focused on exploring Armenia’s security challenges. Since 1995, more than 240 Armenians have attended courses and conferences organized by the George C. Marshall Center, a U.S.-German security and defense ...
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U.S. Officials Donate Legal Books to Armenia’s Justice Academy

On August 30, officials from the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and visitors from the U.S. State Department met with officials from Armenia’s Justice Academy.  The U.S. delegation donated several boxes of legal books to the Academy’s library. Justice Academy Rector Sergei Arakelyan welcomed the U.S. selegation, which included representatives of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau ...
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International Religious Freedom Report 2016 – Armenia

Executive Summary The constitution grants everyone the rights of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. In establishing freedom of worship, the constitution stipulates the separation of religious organizations and the state. It recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church (AAC) as the national church and preserver of national identity. Christian minority religious groups had the freedom to ...
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Wisconsin’s Latest Export: Public Defender Expertise SPD and INL Assisting Armenia Public Defenders

(Madison) The Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) is lending its expertise to strengthen the public defense system of the Republic of Armenia.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the SPD’s involvement continues the agency’s track record of assisting public defense programs operating in other jurisdictions ...
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Kansas National Guard medical and hazardous material experts to train firefighters in Armenia

A team of Kansas National Guardsmen is in the Republic of Armenia to train Armenian firefighters in first aid, life-saving techniques, and hazardous material awareness, recognition and response. The Kansas Guardsmen are joined by soldiers from the United Kingdom’s Royal Army Medical Corps, and members of the British Army’s 6th Rifles Battalion. Together, they will ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017 on Armenia

The Government of Armenia fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore, Armenia remained on Tier 1. The government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by identifying more victims, adopting a national action plan, and establishing and allocating funds for ...
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Remarks at Embassy Yerevan’s Independence Day Celebration

Mr. Prime Minister, other members of the Cabinet, distinguished guests, and dear friends: thank you for joining us tonight as we celebrate the 241st anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. With this summer evening of jazz, food, and fireworks, we hope to recreate and share with you, right here in this ...
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The United States of America Celebrates Independence Day

Yerevan, Armenia – On June 30, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the 241th anniversary of the independence of the United States at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan with a summer evening of jazz, food, and fireworks.  During the event, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. and guest of honor Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan praised the ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches “America on the Road” Tour

The U.S. Embassy is hitting the road for two weeks in July to connect with Armenians across the country and to showcase the many areas of enduring partnership and shared interests between Armenia and the United States.  The “America on the Road” tour is the centerpiece of our year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of ...
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U.S. offers Armenian law enforcement best practices in counter-narcotics

Armenian law enforcement officers learned new counter-narcotics skills in a recent course offered jointly by the U.S. State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In May 2017, two officers from the Armenian Police’s Counter-Narcotics Unit traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia, to participate in an advanced information ...
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Armenian judicial system reform in focus on study trip

To highlight best practices and build their international professional network, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan sent five Armenian judges to the U.S. in April 2017 for an Open World Exchange Program study tour. The group of judges made stops in Washington, D.C., and Shreveport, LA. The state of Louisiana was chosen because of its unique ...
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Prosecutors, investigators receive international anti-corruption training

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL) sponsored four staff from Armenia’s Office of the Prosecutor General and one member of the Special Investigative Service to attend an anti-corruption training conference organized by the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in April 2017. CEELI provided a comprehensive five-day ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony

Thank you. Let me say it is such an honor, such a joy, to be there today for the swearing in of the new volunteers. Nothing warms a U.S. Ambassador’s heart more than to see so many Americans eager to assist Armenia, to build a bridge between our two countries.  And of course it is ...
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Peace Corps Celebrates the Swearing-In of 42 New Volunteers and the Program’s 25th Anniversary in Armenia

Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Mr. Richard Mills, swore-in 42 new Peace Corps Volunteers, who will depart to communities across Armenia where they will serve for the next two years with local schools, universities, and non-governmental organizations, as English Teachers and Community and Youth Development Volunteers. The volunteers are American citizens, who come from ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at Solar Energy in Armenia IVLP Reception

As prepared Yerevan May 25, 2017 Thank you all for joining me today. This month, the U.S. Embassy has been drawing attention to the work we do to promote environmentalism, to partner with Armenians to safeguard their resources.  We’ve recorded podcasts at our American Corner with some of Armenia’s environmental experts.  USAID has opened new ...
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Embassy hosts alumni from Women in Policing conferences

Over the past five years, more than 60 women from the Armenian police and the Investigative Committee have participated in the annual Women in Policing (WIP) Conference in Georgia with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL). The conference empowers, inspires, and educates female police officers and law enforcement ...
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Embassy helps train investigators on cases involving minors

The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL) funded a six-week training session for Armenian law enforcement focused on best practices in investigations for cases involving minors, from March-May 2017 for investigators of the Investigative Committee (IC). Through the training, 21 investigators have become experts on juvenile rights and crimes issues unique to ...
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U.S. Embassy brings U.S. and Armenian companies together to develop renewable energy

The future of energy is renewable. And it is a future that Armenia can take advantage of, for its pocketbook today and for future generations as well. That was the message of a day-long conference organized by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the firm ...
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U.S. Ambassador meets with Muskie Exchange Program alumni

Saying he was humbled to join such a distinguished group of active Armenians, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., welcomed to the Embassy in Yerevan some of the 450 Armenian alumni of the U.S. State Department’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. “When you look around the atrium it is a wonderful site to ...
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U.S. Embassy Green Team helps clean up Kharberd Orphanage

Life is a little brighter at the Kharberd orphanage thanks to work done by the staff of the U.S. Embassy and members of the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) and the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) who came together on May 13, 2017, to clean up the orphanage’s garden and ...
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We want you to study in the U.S. – Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador

This is the time of year when students all over the world, including here in Armenia, start making decisions and taking concrete steps that will have an enormous impact on their future.  Undergraduate students may be wondering whether to pursue an advanced degree or enter the job market, while high school students are considering their ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day 2017

Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century.  Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.  I join the Armenian community ...
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American Corners in Armenia celebrate National Library Week with reading marathon

On April 18, the five American Corners in Armenia – in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Charentsavan, and Kapan – celebrated Armenia’s National Library Week by organizing a reading marathon of Mark Twain’s classic novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” with participants from throughout the country. Dozens of community leaders, literary figures, library patrons, and students joined ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at Women’s Mentoring Program Reception

Thank you for joining us tonight as we gather to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the U.S. Embassy’s Women’s Mentoring Program. With this final event, we mark the successful conclusion of the 2016-2017 program. This iteration of the program, which is now in its fourth year, was organized by the Embassy in partnership with the ...
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U.S. Statement on Armenian Elections

The U. S. Embassy congratulates the people of Armenia on their April 2 parliamentary election, following a period of widespread competition among various parties and blocs in an environment that allowed all viewpoints access to the media.  Election day was generally calm and orderly across Armenia and voters were able to freely exercise their right ...
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U.S. Ambassador Highlights Role Women Play in Armenia’s Development During Trip to Gegharqunik

Yerevan, Armenia – To highlight the role women can and should play in the development of Armenia’s rural regions, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. traveled to Gegharqunik on March 30 and met with female farmers, civic activists and civil society leaders – all beneficiaries and partners of USAID development efforts. USAID promotes rural ...
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U.S. Ambassador Mills Meets with women From Armenia’s IT Industry, Highlights Economic Benefits of Women’s Empowerment

Yerevan, Armenia – Increased female employment offers great potential to Armenia’s economy. Currently, women constitute 67 percent of Armenia’s economically non-active population and their unemployment rate is almost double that of male unemployment (51.5 percent female vs. 21.8 percent male).  According to World Bank estimates, Armenia loses as much as 14 percent of its potential ...
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Joint Statement on Upcoming Election

Over the past year, the European Union, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom have offered significant financial and technical support to Armenia’s voting process, including providing equipment to facilitate a free and fair parliamentary election on April 2. We are pleased with the latest tests of the voter authentication equipment developed for Sunday’s ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at Donation Ceremony

As prepared Masis Thank you for that warm welcome.  Minister Tonoyan, Brigadier General Deskins, and distinguished guests, I am delighted to join you here today as the U.S. government honors the dedication and sacrifice of Armenian first responders and rescue personnel by presenting a gift of life-saving equipment to the Ministry and to the people ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at 25th Anniversary Photo Exhibit with Armenian MFA

As prepared Yerevan Deputy Prime Minister Gabrielyan, Your Excellency Minister Nalbandian, dear distinguished guests and friends: My staff and I are honored to join you today to commemorate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Armenian diplomatic relations with this beautiful photo exhibit, curated from photos from the archives of the MFA and the U.S. Embassy. I think ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at Women’s History Month Reception

As prepared Yerevan As March – which we designate annually in the United States as “Women’s History Month” – comes to a close, we have gathered this evening to honor the many contributions that women, especially Armenian women, have made to society. Some people may find it odd that we continue to set aside a ...
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U.S.-Supported “Unlimited Movement” Project Showcases Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities

Over the past year, the “Unlimited Movement” project sought to demonstrate what can be achieved through the power of social inclusion by using dance, performance, and film. The three-pronged program began with a flashmob of professional and amateur dancers, some of whom had disabilities, on the steps of the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in ...
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Remarks at Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Zar Training Area Renovation Project

Thank you for that warm welcome. Minister Sargsyan, distinguished guests, it is an honor to join you here today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Zar Training Area Renovation Project. This project is just the latest example of the close and enduring friendship between Armenia and the United States, including – and especially – our ...
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U.S. Embassy Highlights Power of Filmmaking with “Mosaic of Human Stories” American Film Showcase

When the lights go down and a film flickers to life on the movie theater screen, we are quickly transported to a different time and place. Through film we can hear others’ stories and walk in their footsteps. Highlighting the transformative power of movies and filmmaking, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan opened its “Mosaic of ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks to American Chamber of Commerce

01As prepared Yerevan February 1, 2017 Dear Ministers and Deputy Ministers, dear President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia and Members of the AmCham Board of Directors, dear distinguished guests, thank you for joining me tonight.  It is becoming a very pleasant tradition for me to deliver policy speeches before the AmCham, a ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at #BridgingStories Exhibit Opening

As prepared Yerevan Barev dzez, merhaba, and hello to the Armenian and Turkish photographers who created the works featured in the exhibit we are opening today, to their mentors and trainers – John Stanmeyer, Anush Babajanyan, and Serra Akcan  – and to our guests. Thank you for joining us here today as we open this ...
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#BridgingStories Exhibit Connects Armenian and Turkish Photographers through Shared Stories

A new photo exhibit highlighting work created by Armenian and Turkish photographers during a five-month-long collaborative project opened on January 24, 2017, at the NPAK/ACCEA (the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art) in Yerevan. The exhibit features work from 24 young Armenian and Turkish photojournalists, who spent five months taking a remarkable set of photographs ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes a Dress Code Event through its Women’s Mentoring Program

Yerevan, Armenia – On January 22, 2017, the Havana Restaurant-Complex hosted a Dress Code event to help young Armenian women navigate the world of workplace fashion. The Dress Code event was organized within the framework of the year-long Women’s Mentoring Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the School of Political Science and ...
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Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will assume the position of U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will assume the position of U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on an interim basis starting in January 2017. He replaces Ambassador James B. Warlick, who will step down on December 31. Ambassador Hoagland brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience to the ...
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The USAID Tax Reform Project Marks Completion, Leaves Behind a “Revolutionary Partnership”

Yerevan, Armenia – For the past four years USAID has been working with the Ministry of Finance to transform Armenia’s tax regulations and the administration of the tax code to ensure increased transparency. USAID’s Tax Reform Project, started in 2012 to help modernize Armenia’s tax collection infrastructure to offer better and more efficient services to ...
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Opinion Piece by Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. on the Occasion of International Human Rights Day

On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark document that spelled out for the first time those fundamental human rights that deserve  protection in every country, by every government. Despite the enormous progress that has been achieved in the 68 years since the declaration was ...
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Tvapatum Investigation: Media Against Corruption Conference

As prepared Ambassador Petrikas, Ms. Sarkissian, distinguished international guests, representatives of the local media industry, and conference participants: I am delighted to join you all here this morning. This Friday, December 9, we will mark International Anti-Corruption Day. That day is an important reminder for everyone around the globe to reflect seriously on the cost ...
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The U.S. Government supports Armenian Culture and Gyumri with Important Mural Restoration

On December 2, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. and Armenian Minister of Culture Armen Amiryan unveiled in Gyumri the newly restored mural “In the Mountains” created by famed Armenian artist Hakob Hakobyan.  The U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) funded the restoration of this mural. With the funding, the mural was ...
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Statement on financial support for new voting processes

The U.S. Government welcomes the  agreement that was reached in June and September between the Armenian government and parliamentary political factions – with input from civil society representatives – on strengthening the integrity and credibility of the Armenian election process. We consider this agreement a meaningful step towards restoring public trust and accountability in Armenia’s ...
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Remarks at NATO Week Discussion, Yerevan State University

In 2014, NATO celebrated its 65th anniversary. At the same time, the Alliance marked the five, ten, and fifteen-year anniversaries of its post-Cold War expansions. As Secretary Kerry has noted, each of these expansions strengthened NATO by opening doors for millions of people who, through the power of this Alliance, now are able to experience ...
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U.S. Embassy Brings U.S. & Armenian Companies Together to Make Mining Sustainable

On November 16, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and HSBC Bank, organized a one-day sustainable mining business conference. The goal was to connect Armenian mine operators with well-known U.S. companies that offer products and services that ensure greater ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks at Sustainable Mining Conference

Minister Karayan, Minister Manukyan, CEO Edgar, distinguished representatives of local mining companies and U.S. corporations, and guests.  It is a pleasure for me to join you today. Last year, in a speech I delivered to my friends at the American Chamber of Commerce, I outlined my four top priorities as ambassador – those areas where ...
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IBM USAID and Armenian Partners Unveil New Tech Center

The Innovative Solutions and Technologies Center (ISTC), which has been supporting the development of Armenia’s IT sector since 2014, opened its new home on Thursday, November 10, welcoming its first guests to its new 1,000 square-meter state-of-the-art premises on the Yerevan State University Campus. The ISTC — a joint project of the Government of Armenia, ...
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USAID Completes Successful Effort to Improve Social Protection System

Yerevan, Armenia – More than 700,000 Armenians have access to an improved social safety net thanks to the USAID-funded Pension Reform Implementation Program (PRIP), which marked the completion of its activities on November 9. The four-year program worked with the Government of Armenia and local partners to make the country’s social protection system more efficient, ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Presidential Election and 25 Years of U.S.-Armenian Relations

On the morning of November 9, a diverse group of government officials, politicians, civil society representatives, students, educators, and members of the press joined U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. for an Election Watch Party at the U.S. Embassy.  As the results of the U.S. presidential and congressional elections were broadcast live from the ...
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U.S. Embassy Trains Armenian Financial Sector to Combat WMD Proliferation

On November 2 and 3, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan hosted a two-day workshop that brought together Armenian government officials, representatives of Armenian banks, and U.S. government experts in order to raise awareness of financial sector controls that can help prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The workshop gave 39 representatives from Armenian ...
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High-ranking U.S. Defense Department Official Visits Armenia

Dr. Michael Carpenter, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense, paid a working visit to Armenia on November 2, 2016. During the visit he met with President Serzh Sargsyan as well as Armenia’s newly-appointed Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan. In addition to the meetings with top Armenian officials, he toured a number of programs highlighting U.S.-Armenian military ...
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Armenia and Georgia Exchange Best Practices in Export Controls during Training Organized by U.S. Embassy

On October 18-19, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan hosted a two-day workshop, bringing together Armenian and Georgian government officials and NGOs to exchange best practices in controlling the flow of weapons of mass destruction, delivery systems, and conventional weaponry. During the workshop, organized by the Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS), policymakers ...
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U.S. and Armenia continue cooperation to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Armenia’s border guards are better trained to counter the illegal transport and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction thanks to border security and interdiction training provided by the U.S. The 10-day training session is the latest part of a joint U.S.-Armenian project to improve Armenia’s abilities in this fight against contraband. From October 10 to ...
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Remarks at Ayb School

As prepared Thank you for that introduction, Mr. Pakhchanian. I’m delighted to be here today; thank you so much for inviting me.  You have a very impressive school and I appreciate this opportunity to talk with you, the next generation of Armenian leaders, for you are Armenia’s future. I believe that future can be bright ...
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2018 Diversity Visa “Green Card” Lottery

Yerevan, Armenia – The U.S. Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the 2018 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also known as the “Green Card Lottery.” Entries for the 2018 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and noon, Eastern Standard ...
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USG Investments Strengthen Public Health Laboratory Systems in Armenia

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its regional South Caucasus Office, conducted a four-day training workshop in laboratory management in Yerevan from September 26-29, 2016.  The workshop was attended by 27 Armenian laboratory directors, quality managers, and technical staff from the Ministries of Health and Agriculture. The purpose of the workshop ...
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Remarks at George C. Marshall Center Alumni Event

Thank you all for joining us tonight.  It is my pleasure to join with this extraordinary group of professionals working to contribute to Armenia’s strength, resilience, and sovereignty and participate in a unique discussion on “Corruption as a National Security Threat.” As we all know, the George C. Marshall Center is a special German-American partnership ...
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George C. Marshall Center of Security Studies Holds its Alumni Event in Yerevan

The George C. Marshall Center (GCMC) of Security Studies hosted an alumni outreach event in Yerevan, Armenia on September 29,  2016.  Thirty alumni and guests from multiple Armenian institutions attended the event which was led by GCMC staff. The event featured two distinguished GCMC alumni – Ms. Hayarpi Mkhitaryan from the Armenian National Security Council and ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry On the Occasion of Independence Day in Armenia

  Press Statement on Armenian Independence Day John Kerry Washington, DC September 19, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to extend my congratulations to the people of Armenia as you celebrate the 25th anniversary of your nation’s independence on September 21. The United States deeply values its warm friendship with ...
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AFCP Will Preserve Saint Sargis Church in Meghri

On September 16, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, Jr. and acting Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosian jointly announced new funding from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to restore and preserve St. Sargis Church in Meghri, a gem of Armenia’s cultural heritage. St. Sargis is an outstanding example of the unique ...
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Armenia as a Study Abroad Destination for American Students

Armenia has much to offer to U.S. students interested in studying abroad, attendees of a two-day workshop held by American Councils heard on Tuesday. During the workshop, made possible by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s recently-established U.S. Study Abroad office, speakers from American Councils and the U.S. Embassy emphasized that Armenia ...
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Remarks at Embassy’s September 11 Commemoration

Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, the skies over Manhattan, Washington, D.C. and the fields of Pennsylvania were clear and blue. Much like today in Yerevan, the day seemed both picture perfect and very, very ordinary.  Early that morning I don’t think anyone knew the terror that was about to strike; no one would ...
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Remarks at reception for VOA-Armenia’s 65th Anniversary

Dear guests, thank you for joining me today to mark the 65th anniversary of Voice of America’s Armenian service. I would especially like to welcome our guests from the VOA:  Dr. Biberaj, director of VOA/Eurasia Division, and two senior members of his staff: Ms. Chakarian and Ms. Mkhitaryan.  We also have with us tonight Mr. ...
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U.S. Military Help Out at Medical Centers

There’s some extra helping hands at the Gavar and Hrazdan Medical Centers, as a group of U.S. medical professionals work side-by-side with their Armenian counterparts to save lives, ease pain, and treat illnesses. About 40 U.S. military medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and medical technicians) from the Kansas Air National Guard 184th Medical Group, ...
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Statement from U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by the shocking images and credible reports of violence and excessive use of force by the police to disperse protestors during the night of July 29-30. We are just as concerned by credible reports that journalists and their equipment were specifically targeted by the police during these operations, in ...
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Water stewardship in Ararat Valley

Yerevan, Armenia – On July 20, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia (Coca-Cola HBC Armenia) and the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at improving water stewardship across Armenia and particularly contributing to conservation, effective use and management of ...
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New Regional Lab in Gyumri

The latest regional biohazard lab to be upgraded by the U.S. government opened in Gyumri on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The Gyumri laboratory was renovated by the U.S. and its Armenian government partners to help the nation track and secure dangerous pathogens more effectively. This effort strengthens Armenia’s disease tracking abilities allowing it to quickly ...
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New National Center for Disease Control

Armenia is better prepared to monitor, track, investigate, and stop dangerous viruses, bioweapons, and disease thanks to a series of labs renovated and modernized by the United States. The latest, a new centralized national joint facility in Yerevan, was opened on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, by the Minister of Health Dr. Armen Muradyan, the Minister ...
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Preventing Proliferation of WMD

Yerevan, Armenia – The United States Department of Defense, the National Security Service of Armenia (NSS), and the Armenian Border Guards held a ceremony on June 22, 2016, to mark the completion of a two-year, $9.35 million effort aimed at reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by safeguarding Armenia’s northern border with ...
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Countering Nuclear Smuggling

Today, representatives of the Government of the United States and of the Republic of Armenia conducted a scheduled review of the 2008 U.S.-Armenia Joint Action Plan on Combatting Smuggling of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials. Incidents of nuclear and radioactive material smuggling around the world highlight the need for coordinated international efforts to secure these dangerous ...
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Press Statement by the Minsk Group

PARIS, 3 June 2016 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Brussels on 31 May and with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Paris on 2 ...
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Europe Travel Alert

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater ...
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“Water Ideathon” Contest in Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia – Armenia is a small and landlocked country, vulnerable to climate change due to its semi-arid climate characteristics. One of the largest users of Armenia’s precious water resources is also one of the nation’s most important sectors – agriculture. Forty percent of the country’s agricultural goods come from the Ararat Valley, which is ...
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Webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT.  As a reminder, U.S. embassies and consulates cannot mail tax returns on behalf of private U.S. taxpayers living abroad through the diplomatic pouch or other Department of State facilities. ...
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New Fulbright-Hovnanian Program

Thanks to a new partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Armenian students will have even more opportunities each year to take part in the Fulbright Program, the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and university teaching. ...
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The Culture of ePublishing in Armenia

The “Sliding Pages: The Culture of ePublishing in Armenia” program was implemented by the Armenian eBooks Initiative. The program was funded by the U.S. Alumni Association of Armenia through its Alumni Outreach Grant Program. The goal of this project is to explain and promote the process of digitalization of books and electronic publishing to broader ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks at U.S. Business Briefing

Minister Minasyan, distinguished representatives of international financial institutions and U.S. corporations, and our Armenian guests. It is a pleasure for me to join you today.  As you may know, the first priority of my ambassadorship in Armenia is to deepen business and trade relations between our two countries. So it is encouraging for me to ...
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U.S. and Armenian Businesses Look for Ways to Partner U.S.

Connecting U.S. businesses to the Armenian market is a win-win proposition. Businesses are always looking for investment opportunities, and bringing more companies to Armenia diversifies and strengthens the nation’s economy. To facilitate these new connections, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, the American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia, the Armenian Ministry of Economy, and Converse Bank, ...
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Joint Statement of Lavrov, Kerry and Desir

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry, and State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir, representing the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, met today with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev ...
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Statement by the OSCE Minsk Co-Chairs

Statement by the OSCE Minsk Co-ChairsVIENNA, 12 May 2016 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France, remain fully committed to mediating a lasting settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In light of the recent violence ...
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Copyright Management in Armenia

On Wednesday, May 11, government policy experts, intellectual property attorneys, and private-sector specialists gathered for a forum hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia to discuss collective copyright management in Armenia. The day-long session was organized to examine the role Collective Copyright Management Organizations (CMOs) play in the protection of intellectual property rights. CMOs are ...
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Armenian Alumni from U.S. Exchange Programs Win U.S. Department of State Grant to Aid People with Disabilities

A team of Armenian alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs were awarded a grant Tuesday through the U.S. State Department’s 2016 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund competition. The Armenian team’s winning proposal, a project called “Unlimited Movement,” will address the challenges and the issues that people with disabilities face in society. More than 829 projects from ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

Today we solemnly reflect on the first mass atrocity of the 20th century—the Armenian Meds Yeghern—when one and a half million Armenian people were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman empire. As we honor the memory of those who suffered during the dark days beginning in 1915—and ...
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Yerevan American Corner celebrates life of Saroyan

To mark America’s National Library Week (which runs from April 10 to 16), the American Corner at the Yerevan Central Library held a William Saroyan Reading Marathon on Monday, April 11, during which dozens of participants continuously read out loud Saroyan’s novel “The Human Comedy.” U.S. diplomats, Yerevan city leaders, library officials, students, and library ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Credible Threats to Public Squares and Docks in Istanbul and Antalya

The U.S. Mission in Turkey would like to inform U.S. citizens that there are credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya. Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas. For your personal safety, we urge you to monitor local media. For ...
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Remarks at Opening of Ministry of Health’s Tavush Regional Laboratory of the National Center of Disease Control and Prevention

Minister Muradyan, valued partners and guests; it is my pleasure to be here today with you to celebrate the opening of the Ministry of Health’s Tavush regional laboratory of the National Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Today is a special day.  Today a commitment by both governments to make Armenia safer and more secure ...
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U.S. Embassy and Armenian Ministry of Health Celebrate Opening of Tavush Regional Laboratory of National Center of Disease Control and Prevention

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard M. Mills, Jr., and the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia, Dr. Armen Muradyan, attended the opening ceremony for the Ministry of Health’s Tavush regional laboratory for the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Mr. Lance Brooks from the U.S. Department ...
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Statement by the Minsk Group

We, the representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group countries (Russian Federation, the United States of America, France, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Turkey),  as well as the incoming Austrian OSCE Chair (2017) and the Serbian OSCE Chair (2015), strongly condemn the outbreak of unprecedented violence along the Line of Contact.  We extend our condolences to ...
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Security Message: Escalation of Violence in Nagorno Karabakh / Stepanakert (Khankendi)

The Embassy is aware of media reports that indicate the Azerbaijani military has been ordered to begin preparations for a possible attack on the city of Stepanakert (Khankendi).  The Embassy again advises all private U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) in light of confirmed reports of violence in and around NK that has ...
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Security Message: Escalation of Violence in Nagorno Karabakh

The Embassy is aware of reports that indicate a serious escalation in violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) region and occupied territories, which include reports of civilian casualties.  The U.S. Embassy continues to prohibit the travel of U.S. government personnel to NK.  The U.S. Embassy also strongly advises private U.S. citizens ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry – United States Condemns Ceasefire Violations Along Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the large-scale ceasefire violations along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact, which have resulted in a number of reported casualties, including civilians. We extend our condolences to all affected families. We urge the sides to show restraint, avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire. The unstable ...
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Press Release by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France) express grave concern over the reported large-scale ceasefire violations that are taking place along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. We strongly condemn the use ...
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President Sargsyan meets VP Biden

Vice President Biden met today with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit. The Vice President stressed that the United States is committed to a democratic, prosperous, and secure Armenia at peace with its neighbors. The Vice President thanked President Sargsyan for welcoming more than 20,000 Syrian refugees. Addressing ...
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Security Message: Turkey Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to southeastern Turkey. Effective March 29, 2016, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to U.S. Consulate in Adana and family members of U.S. government civilians in ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Fourth Annual Women’s Mentoring Program Launched in AUA

On March 30, Leigh Carter, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, kicked off the U.S. Embassy’s fourth annual Women’s Mentoring Program with a press conference held at the American University in Armenia (AUA). The 2016-2017 mentoring program, which is organized in partnership with AUA PSIA (Political Science and International Affairs) Program and ...
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2016 Tax Filing Information for U.S. Taxpayers Abroad

Summary: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides the following 2016 tax filing guidance for U.S. taxpayers living abroad. Links to further IRS guidance are available on the Federal Benefits and Obligations page on travel.state.gov . Posts do not have to include all the information below on their websites, but they should provide information about tax season to the U.S. citizen ...
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Security Message: Bomb Threat on VIM Flight 558

Armenian authorities have received a bomb threat regarding VIM Airlines flight 558 from Yerevan to Moscow on the evening of Mar. 24, 2016.  Authorities are taking appropriate measures to ensure the public’s safety.  U.S. citizens with immediate travel plans are advised to continue to monitor media reports and the U.S. Embassy website. Review your personal ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Women of Courage Award Ceremony

Your Excellencies, Friends, Ms. Sukhudyan: It’s wonderful to see all of you here tonight. And I thank you for joining us on this special evening. The very first thing that I’d like to say is: Please join me in congratulating all the women in attendance on the occasion of International Women’s Day! Tonight’s event is ...
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World Wildlife Day: The Future of Wildlife is in Our Hands

World Wildlife Day, which is celebrated annually on March 3, is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about the world’s wild fauna and flora, and to recognizing the important role played by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of World Fauna and Flora) in protecting wildlife for this and future generations. The ...
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Security Message: March 1st Demonstration

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Armenian political parties plan to hold a demonstration in downtown Yerevan.  Organisers have indicated that the event will take place outside the Opera House in Freedom Square, beginning at 1800. According to media reports, participants in the demonstration intend to march along the following route: along Mashtots Avenue to Grigor ...
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U.S. Embassy presents the Armenian edition of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein

On February 19, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia officially presented the Armenian edition of the How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein at the Yerevan American Corner. The U.S. Embassy partnered with Antares Media Holding for the translation and publication of the Armenian edition of this ...
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Remarks at the Trndez Festival

Governor Sahakyan, Deputy Governor Movsisyan, Mr. Mayor, National Institute of Education Director Karen Simonyan, Principal Shukhyan, Peace Corps Country Director Charles Enciso, Faculty and Students of Proshyan School, I am delighted to be here today for two reasons. First, to celebrate with you all the centuries-old festival of Te-ren-dez. And second, to see also the ...
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Foreign Policy Remarks at the Yerevan School of Political Studies

Thank you for your warm welcome, and for inviting me to join you today.  You may have heard that one of my top priorities as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia is to do my best to make sure that Armenians of all backgrounds have the opportunity to better understand U.S. foreign policy.  For that reason, ...
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USAID Launches New Project to Address Groundwater Resource Challenge in Ararat Valley

During a public event on February 10, USAID announced the launch of the Advanced Science and Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development Project (ASPIRED) – a three-year initiative designed to curb the rate of groundwater abstraction in the Ararat Valley to sustainable levels. USAID Armenia Mission Director Karen Hilliard, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Simon Papyan, ...
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Nasdaq OMX Armenia Announces the Listing of the First UCO Securitized Bonds in Armenia

During an official ceremony on January 27, NASDAQ OMX Armenia marked the successful launch of the first securitized bond issuance in Armenia and announced the listing of these bonds at the stock exchange for the secondary market trade. This landmark transaction was made possible through the joint efforts of USAID, Capital Investments, and universal credit ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Resignation of Karen Andreasyan

We note with regret Karen Andreasyan’s decision to step down as Armenia’s Human Rights Ombudsman.  He has been a tireless and effective champion for those who were defenseless; those who feared their voices might be silenced if they voiced unpopular messages;  and any Armenian who fought for his or her rights as a citizen to ...
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U.S. National Security Council Senior Director for Europe Meets President Sargsyan and other Senior Armenian officials

Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe Dr. Charles Kupchan visited Armenia January 14. During his visit, he met with President Serzh Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan, Deputy Prime Minister Vache Gabrielyan, and Head of the Presidential Administration Vigen Sargsyan, as well as National Assembly deputies and civil society representatives. Discussions focused on ways the Republic of ...
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Remarks at Opening of Armavir Penitentiary

Minister Hovhannisyan, Ambassador Switalski, penitentiary staff and other guests. Thank you for inviting me to join you here today. I want to congratulate the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections for completing another construction phase here at Armavir Penitentiary, and for taking another important step forward in penitentiary reform in Armenia. Armavir Penitentiary ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Additional Statement on Armenian Referendum

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the recount proceedings of the constitutional referendum held on December 6.  We have previously noted our serious concern about credible allegations of irregularities in the referendum reported by non-partisan observers and various Armenian political parties. We welcome the public commitment of Armenian Government officials, including the Prosecutor General and ...
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Remarks at Melody for Harmony Concert

Deputy Minister of Culture Nerses Ter-Vardanyan, Archbishop Aram Ateshian of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, distinguished guests and friends, let me warmly welcome you all, and thank you for joining us tonight for what I believe will be an unforgettable and unique concert filled with wonderful music. Let me start by quoting the popular American ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Constitutional Referendum

We commend the Armenian people and the government on the peaceful conduct of the constitutional referendum on Sunday, December 6, which took place after an open debate. The change in the form of Armenia’s government that will result from the new constitution is significant. The credible allegations of electoral irregularities reported by both non-partisan observers ...
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Remarks at International Day of People with Disabilities

Deputy Minister Asryan, Special Olympics National Director Israelyan, Special Olympics President Shahverdyan, other esteemed guests, and, most important, the young athletes, thank you all for being here today. We are here because we believe, if you will bear with my Armenian, յուրաքանչյուր կյանք կարեւոր է – every life is important. Humans are all different. Some ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts “One Health” master class workshop for Armenian medical, scientific experts

Coming together, we are stronger. That was the message during a One Health master class, organized by the U.S. government and held in Yerevan on December 1 and 2, 2015. The two-day workshop, hosted by experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), brought together ...
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Remarks at the Agriculture Technical College

Minister Karapetyan, distinguished guests, and students; it is a pleasure for me to be here today. I enjoy opportunities like this to speak with students.  Because you are the next generation. You will soon enter the business world and contribute to making Armenia a prosperous secure country. I am always very pleased to visit here ...
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Security Message: Constitutional Referendum and Protests

On Sunday, December 6, 2015 Armenia will hold a Constitutional Referendum.  In the run up to this, we expect there will be a heavy police presence in public areas around Yerevan to include public transportation hubs, government buildings, and public gathering areas.  Streets may be closed with little or no warning and additional security measures ...
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U.S. Ambassador opens school renovation thanks to American military support

A number of disadvantaged young Armenians in Gyumri now have better living conditions, thanks to efforts financed by the U.S. government. On November 25, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., opened the newly renovated Gyumri Child Care and Protection Boarding School #1. The undertaking was funded with $360,000 provided by the U.S. Embassy’s ...
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Ambassador visits cutting-edge fruit drying program

Continuing his month-long focus on Embassy initiatives to boost economic development in Armenia’s rural areas, U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills, Jr., on Tuesday visited the site of a cutting-edge solar fruit drying facility that was started with support from the U.S. Embassy. The Ambassador toured the facility and met with some of the village residents who ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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USAID Launches Partnership with Smithsonian to Support Cultural Heritage Tourism in Armenia

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Smithsonian Institution have partnered for an innovative project to support cultural sustainability through cultural tourism in Armenia. The project was launched on November 20 at an official ceremony at the Matenadaran Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts in Yerevan, which holds one of the world’s ...
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Remarks at Launch of “My Armenia”

Your Excellency Prime Minister Abrahamyan, Minister of Economy Chshmaritian, Minister Poghosyan, Deputy Minister of Economy Avetisyan, Ms. Butvin from the Smithsonian Institution, Embassy colleagues, and distinguished guests, Your presence here today is a testament to the value and importance that the Government of Armenia places on the ground-breaking cultural tourism initiative that we have the ...
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U.S. Embassy and COAF Continue Expansion of English Language Courses Throughout Armenia

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) announced today the continued expansion of two English language training programs sponsored by the Embassy and co-funded and operated by COAF. The courses will be offered specifically in several of Armenia’s rural regions. By continuing and expanding these two programs – the “English ...
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Ambassador Mills Unveils Armenian Cultural Preservation Projects in Gyumri and Dashtadem Funded by U.S. State Department

From artistic renderings of the splendor of the Armenian countryside to the stark beauty of ancient fortresses, heritage sites and cultural treasures hold deep meaning for the Armenian people. On November 9, 2015, U.S. Ambassador to Armenian Richard Mills, Jr. had the opportunity to visit important pieces of Armenian cultural heritage in Gyumri and Dashtadem, ...
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Remarks at NATO Week Event, Armenian State Pedagogical University

In 2014, NATO celebrated its 65th anniversary. At the same time, the Alliance marked the five, ten, and fifteen-year anniversaries of its post-Cold War expansions. As Secretary Kerry has noted, each of these expansions strengthened NATO by opening doors for millions of people who, through the power of this Alliance, now are able to experience ...
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Remarks at Farm Service Center Opening in Vardenis

Minister Karapetyan, Deputy Minister Terteryan, Governor Grigoryan, valued partners and guests; it is my pleasure to be here today to celebrate the opening of the new Farm and Veterinary Service Center here in beautiful Vardenis. The U.S. government is committed to partnering with all economic sectors of Armenia.  And the agriculture sector is one of ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Month-Long Focus on Agriculture and Rural Development with Opening of Farm and Veterinary Service Center in Vardenis (Gegharkuni

Surrounded by farmers, veterinarians, and others working with the agricultural sector of Vardenis, and in the company of the Minister of Agriculture, Sergo Karapetyan, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. kicked off a month-long focus by the U.S. Embassy on agriculture and rural development with the opening of the latest Farm and Veterinary Service ...
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US Ambassador Meets with PINK NGO Representatives, Expresses Concern about Threats of Violence Issued against Them

U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., visited the offices of the Public Information and Need of Knowledge (PINK) NGO on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The group briefed the Ambassador on their recent Rainbow Forum, a gathering organized by PINK earlier this month in Lori, which focused on ways to protect the basic human rights ...
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Remarks at Armenian Ombudsman’s “Human Rights in New Draft Constitution”

Ombudsman Andreasyan, Ambassador Sorokin, Ambassador Switalski and other distinguished guests, I am pleased to join you today as you discuss the important topic of enshrining and protecting human rights in a possibly revised Armenian constitution, should the Armenian people chose to revise their constitution in December’s referendum. The current constitutional reform process underway in Armenia ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides $132,000 in Equipment to Investigative Committee

On October 20, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, Jr., met with the Chairman of Armenia’s Investigative Committee, Aghvan Hovsepyan, to mark the Embassy’s donation of technical equipment and computer software valued at $132,000. The donation, which includes 72 scanners, 4 computers, 4 CISCO network routers, and 70 licenses of Adobe Acrobat Pro, will ...
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U.S. Department of Commerce and Customs Service of Republic of Armenia Continue Strong Collaboration with a Third Workshop on Customs Procedures

Starting Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in cooperation with the Customs Service of the Republic of Armenia, will hold the third in a series of workshops on Customs Valuation, Classification, and Customs Procedures. Participants in the three-day-long workshop ...
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U.S. Defense Cooperation Office Renovates Kharberd Orphanage

On October 13th, MAJ John Friel Chief of the U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation joined Ms. Jemma Baghdasaryan Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Harutyun Balasanyan Director of the Kharberd Orphanage and local community members, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the renovation of the Kharberd Specialized Orphanage for ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosted Delegation Focused on Clean Energy Sector Development

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan hosted a delegation of academics and policy experts, who specialize in clean energy development. The group of subject-matter experts, a Partnership Opportunity Delegation organized by the State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships, was in Armenia for a three-day exploratory session where they discussed issues around Armenia’s renewable energy and energy ...
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Thriving Goat and Dairy Operations Showcase Benefits of U.S. Commitment to Boosting the Armenian Agricultural Sector

On November 5, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr., accompanied by Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Armen Harutyunyan, visited a number of agricultural operations in Vayots Dzor that are thriving with U.S. support.  This visit was organized within the framework of the month-long focus on agriculture and rural development launched by the Embassy last ...
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U.S. Department of State Announces Opening of the Registration Period for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa Lottery

The U.S. Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the 2017 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery, also known as the greencard lottery. Entries for the 2017 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, 2015, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Yerevan

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that a demonstration is planned for Friday, October 2, 2015. The demonstration will begin at 6:00 PM in Freedom Square, near the Yerevan Opera House.  Media reports indicate that the participants will march along the following route in Yerevan: From Freedom Square along Mashtots Avenue ...
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American and Armenian law enforcement agencies meet to combat drug trafficking

On September 23 and 24, 2015, in Tsaghkadzor, the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. European Command held the first of three annual conferences designed to strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to actively and effectively investigate and prosecute drug-trafficking organizations who seek to exploit Armenia’s borders, in order to ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Franchise Day Connects American Businesses with Armenian Investors

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and the U.S. Commercial Service in Moscow, in partnership with Ameria Management Advisory Services, organized a one-day business conference focused on franchise business opportunities on September 22 in Yerevan. The event helped strengthen the growing commercial ties between the United States and Armenia by introducing American franchise businesses that are ...
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Remarks at Fulbright Program Participants’ Welcome Reception

Tonight we are here to say a warm Bari galu’st Hayastan — Welcome to Armenia — to the four dedicated Fulbright program participants who will be helping build a stronger relationship between America and the Armenian people, not just by helping teach English but by building strong, personal bridges between our countries. And of course, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Yerevan Today

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that a demonstration is planned for today, September 11. The demonstration will begin at 6:00 PM in Freedom Square, near the Yerevan Opera House. The organizers have announced that they will march along the following route in Yerevan: From Freedom Square north-west on Marshall Baghramyan ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at the opening reception for The “America on the Road” cultural tour

I want to thank you all for coming tonight and warmly welcome you to my house this evening as we launch our “America on the Road 2015” cultural tour. Arvest ev mshakuyt  – slowly but surely I’m working on my Armenian and these two words – art and culture – are very important, indeed key ...
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U.S. delivers equipment to protect Armenia from pathogens

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Clark Price attended a ceremony highlighting the recent transfer of a vehicle and equipment from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to the Mobile Outbreak Response Unit of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations (MTAES). The equipment is part of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Yerevan

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that a demonstration has begun on Baghramyan Avenue, near Proshyan Street and the Baghramyan Metro Station. Embassy staff have been advised to avoid these areas. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and ...
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Remarks at the graduation ceremony for Armenian Peacekeeping Brigade medics

Shnorakalutyun — Thank you for that warm welcome. First Deputy Minister Tonoyan, distinguished guests, and future military medical instructors, it is an honor to join you all here this afternoon to celebrate this milestone, the completion of this valuable training. You have endured three months of challenging coursework, not only learning new medical techniques and ...
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Armenian Military Medics Trained by U.S. Peers

On August 28th, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. and Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan attended the graduation ceremony for 12 trainers of military medics of the Armenian Army who are the first graduates of an innovative medical training course taught by members of the U.S. military. For the past three months, six U.S. ...
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Iran Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and carefully consider nonessential travel. This Travel Warning updates the Travel Warning for Iran issued January 16, 2015. ...
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Remarks at a meeting of the Turkish & Armenian Tour Operators Network

Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be with you today.  I would like to thank the Turkish & Armenian Tour Operators Network and its members for tackling the difficult task of cross-border cooperation.  As you know, one of the most effective drivers of cooperation is common business interests.  Your association’s goal of promoting business ...
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Ambassador Attends Meeting of Armenian and Turkish Cross-Border Tour Operators

Highlighting the economic importance of the tourism sector and the value of cross-border cooperation, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. joined members of the Turkish-Armenian Tour Operators Network (TATON) during a meeting in Yerevan on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. TATON developed as a result of USAID’s “Bridges” project, an effort to develop economic activity on ...
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U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Minister of Finance Visit IT Infrastructure Development and Implementation Department of the Armenian Ministry of Finance

On August 19, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. visited the IT Infrastructure Development and Implementation Department of the Armenian Ministry of Finance in the company of Deputy Minister Vakhtang Mirumyan. The Ministry has recently procured up-to-date hardware and software for its data center in Zeytun as part of USAID’s technical assistance to the Government ...
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U.S. Ambassador and Prime Minister Visit Lydian Mining Site

On August 15, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. visited Lydian International’s Amulsar project site in the company of Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and the Minister of Energy, Yervand Zakharyan. The Amulsar project is the largest international investment in Armenia, with a bulk of institutional investors from the United States.  The Ambassador, Prime Minister, and ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks during visit to Lydian International’s Amulsar Site and Community Development Projects

It is a privilege to be here today, in the company of Prime Minister Abrahamyan and the Minister of Energy, Yervand Zakharyan, to visit the Amulsar project and meet with its staff.  This project represents the largest international investment in Armenia, with a bulk of institutional investors from the United States. The opening of this ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement regarding the False Bomb Threat

Earlier today, at approximately 12:50pm, the U.S. Embassy was notified by the Armenian Police that they had received a call-in bomb threat targeting the Embassy.  The Armenian Police, NSS, and Emergency Services quickly arrived on the scene to ensure there was no threat to the Embassy. Based on subsequent information and coordination with the police, ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills Remarks at the Appreciation Ceremony for the Kansas National Guard

Thank you for that warm welcome. First Deputy Minister Terteryan, First Deputy Minister Tonoyan, Deputy Minister Baghdasaryan, and distinguished guests, it is an honor to join you here this afternoon to celebrate the completion of not just one, but three renovation projects by the Kansas National Guard.  The first is the renovation of the Operations ...
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Kansas National Guard Humanitarian Civic Assistance Appreciation Ceremony

On August 13, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. visited the Yerevan Emergency Operations Center to attend the Appreciation Ceremony for the humanitarian civic assistance projects implemented by the Kansas National Guard. In addition to renovating the Emergency Operations Center, Kansas Air and Army National Guard engineers also completed renovations to Ashtarak hospital and Yerevan ...
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Tension in Border Areas

Tensions remain high along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, with numerous incidents of gun and mortar fire exchanged between the two sides. The U.S. Embassy continues to forbid the travel of U.S. government personnel to NK. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan also advises private U.S. citizens to avoid travel to NK ...
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The Southern Basin Management Plan – A Path to Integrated Resource Management

On August 7, the USAID Clean Energy and Water Program presented the draft Southern Basin Management Plan to key stakeholders in the Government of Armenia, the National Assembly, science and academic institutions, the private sector, NGOs, and international organizations involved in natural resources management and protection in Armenia. The draft document, developed in close collaboration ...
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Farm Service Center Opened in Poqr Vedi

The Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation has established a Farm Service Center in the Poqr Vedi community in Ararat province, within the framework of the USAID-funded Partnerships for Rural Prosperity (PRP) program. The specialized center will focus on the development of the horticultural (garden cultivation and management) sector in Armenia and will ...
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U.S. Embassy Makes Additional Visa Appointments to Armenia Citizens Available on Saturday, August 15

In order to accommodate the high demand for travel to the United States by Armenians this summer, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan will be open on Saturday, August 15 to provide additional visa interviews and processing for Armenian citizens.  We urge Armenian business, tourist, and student visa applicants to visit http://am.usembassy.gov/visas to take advantage of these ...
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Worldwide Caution

1. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks at the Conference on the International Aspects of Child Abduction

Good morning. During my first six months in Armenia, there are many things that I have come to admire about this nation and its people. Among them is how safe and supportive Armenia is for children. In every place that I travel, I see children lovingly doted on by parents, grandparents, family, and friends.  At ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Conference on Issues Related to the Protection of Children

On July 29, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan hosted a conference on the international aspects of parental child abduction, adoption under the Hague Convention, and the sexual exploitation of children, with the participation of Armenian judges, prosecutors, investigators, advocates, members of the National Assembly, and non-governmental organizations.  The purpose of the conference was to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned Tonight

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that a demonstration march is planned for tonight  at 6:00 P.M. in Yerevan. The organizers have announced the following route: From Moscow Cinema to Tumanyan Street, north to Mashtots Avenue, south to Amiryan Street to Republic Square, south from Republic Square on Vazgen Sargsyan Street ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks on the occasion of U.S. Independence Day

Prime Minister Abrahamyan, Foreign Minister Nalbandian, Deputy Prime Minister Gabrielyan, other ministers, fellow diplomatic colleagues, and good friends thank you for joining us from all over Armenia this evening as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America.  You honor us with your presence at this event that also ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Demonstrations in Yerevan

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that the demonstrations which began at 6 PM last night in Freedom Square and then moved to Baghramyan Avenue are still ongoing.  Media reports indicate that last night’s events were largely peaceful, but a protest on Baghramyan Avenue on Monday ended with police dispersing the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Yerevan

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan alerts U.S. citizens in Armenia that a protest is planned for 6 PM tonight in Freedom Square, near the Opera House.  Nearby streets, including Mashtots Avenue, Sayat-Nova Avenue, Tumanyan Street, Teryan Street and the adjacent section of Baghramyan Avenue, will likely be affected and very congested.  A protest march and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Yerevan June 18 & 19

A demonstration is expected to be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015, beginning at 5:30 PM at Hrazdan Stadium. A larger demonstration is also expected on Friday, June 19, 2015, beginning at 6:30 PM at Freedom Square, near the Opera House.  According to reports, the participants of Friday’s demonstration will march along the following circular ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills, International Conference of Women Entrepreneurs, Opening Remarks

Thank you for that warm welcome, Lilit.  Mr. Prime Minister, distinguished guests, it’s an honor to join you here this morning to celebrate the contribution women entrepreneurs have made to Armenia’s economic progress and explore ways to expand that contribution. Events like these enable business people, startups, and academics to establish the strong working relationships ...
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Armenia’s International Community to Honour Rights Advocates

The U.S. Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, British Embassy, OSCE Office in Yerevan, Council of Europe Office in Yerevan and the United Nations Armenia Office honoured individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, local government reform, and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony at the Congress Hotel ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills, Agribusiness Teaching Center – Graduation Ceremony

Deputy Minister Karine Harutunyan, Deputy Minister Armen Harutunyan, Mr. Tarverdyan, Mr. Oorootyan, Mrs. Gaas-Paryan, Chairman Nichols, members of the faculty, very proud friends and family, and most importantly, the bachelor and master of agribusiness classes of 2015, it is my great pleasure to be with you today. The Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) of the Armenian ...
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Remarks at ATC – Graduation Ceremony

Deputy Minister Karine Harutunyan, Deputy Minister Armen Harutunyan, Mr. Tarverdyan, Mr. Oorootyan, Mrs. Gaas-Paryan, Chairman Nichols, members of the faculty, very proud friends and family, and most importantly, the bachelor and master of agribusiness classes of 2015, it is my great pleasure to be with you today. The Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) of the Armenian ...
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Social Inclusion is Good for Armenia’s Economy: Ambassador Mills in Gyumri

U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills discussed the economic and business conditions in Gyumri with local officials and business people during his first visit to the city. He also visited several U.S. Government supported activities underway in Gyumri; such as the Lentex Factory, which employees 17 persons with disabilities, and the Gyumri American Corner, where he marked ...
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U.S. Ambassador Marks International Day Against Homophobia

In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17, U.S. Ambassador Richard M. Mills, Jr. met with Armenian civil society representatives who advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights in Armenia.  During their meeting, the Ambassador heard from the civil society representatives about their work to ensure that ...
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U.S. Embassy sponsors “I Know: Army and Law” Education Game on the “Dasaran.am” platform

The U.S. Embassy announces the release of the “I Know: Army and Law” online game developed in partnership with Dasaran.am.  Funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Democracy Commission Small Grants program, this online game is designed for Armenian secondary school students and all other interested citizens. The educational game will help everyone better understand their rights ...
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Farm Service Center Opened in Norapat

The Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation has established a Farm Service Center in Norapat community of Armavir province, within the framework of the USAID-funded Partnerships for Rural Prosperity (PRP) program. The specialized center will focus on the development of the horticulture (garden cultivation and management) sector in Armenia and will promote advanced ...
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National Poetry Recitation Contest

YEREVAN, ARMENIA: The 5th Annual National Poetry Recitation Contest organized by Peace Corps Volunteers from the United States and AELTA will take place Sunday, May 10th, from 12:00 to 15:00 p.m. at the American University of Armenia. Jacqueline Deley, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy opened the event. The National Poetry Contest was first ...
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United States and Armenia Sign Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East L. Daniel Mullaney and Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian today signed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Armenia.  This agreement establishes a United States-Armenia Council on ...
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Ambassador Richard Mills’ Remarks marking World Intellectual Property Day Microsoft Innovation Center, Yerevan

“Bari or bolorin” (Good day everyone). I am pleased to join you all here today at this wonderful facility.  The Microsoft Innovation Center is a true public/private partnership between USAID, Microsoft and the Government of Armenia. The MIC in Armenia represents the ideal model of a public-private partnership, uniting a multinational corporation, governments, an educational ...
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World Intellectual Property Day

“Bari or bolorin” (Good day everyone). I am pleased to join you all here today at this wonderful facility.  The Microsoft Innovation Center is a true public/private partnership between USAID, Microsoft and the Government of Armenia. The MIC in Armenia represents the ideal model of a public-private partnership, uniting a multinational corporation, governments, an educational ...
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U.S. Ambassador Mills Marks World Intellectual Property Day at the Microsoft Innovation Center

The U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Richard M. Mills, Jr., visited the Microsoft Innovation Center to highlight World Intellectual Property Day, a day celebrated annually to mark the founding of the World Intellectual Property Organization, otherwise known as WIPO, in 1970. In addition to touring the center and the Armenian National Engineering Lab (ANEL), the Ambassador ...
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Narcotics Investigators Course

This week (May 4- 8) trainers from the International Training Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are conducting a “Narcotics Investigators Course” for officers from Armenian Police, National Security Service and the Investigative Committee.  The training includes topics such as interview and interrogation techniques, informant handling, undercover operations, surveillance operations, ...
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Death of Harry Gilmore

The U.S. Embassy announces with sadness that Harry J. Gilmore, the first U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, passed away last week at the age of 77. Ambassador Gilmore served in Armenia from May 1993 to July 1995 . In his 35 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, the Ambassador also served in Berlin, Belgrade, Munich, Budapest, ...
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Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.  Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths.  Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were erased. Amid horrific violence that saw suffering on all sides, ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Armenia to Attend the Centennial Commemoration of the Events of 1915

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Armenia to attend the Centennial Commemoration of the Events of 1915 on April 24, 2015. The Honorable Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Department of Treasury, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Richard M. Mills, ...
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Update on U.S Government Assistance

The U.S. Embassy would like to announce some anticipated changes to its assistance budget for FY2015, which would take effect October 2015. The assistance budget of the United States is a reflection of our ongoing and emerging national security challenges, President Obama’s signature policy and development initiatives, our security commitments to allies and partners, and ...
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EXBS Sponsors Nonproliferation Training for Armenian Partners

From March 23 to April 03, 2015 four Armenian representatives attended a two-week nonproliferation training class at the University of Georgia’s Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy. The training provided officials from over 10 countries a forum to design regulations and establish institutional procedures for their government and industry to safeguard their dual-use technology and ...
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Armenian Troops Depart for Training in Europe

On April 3, Ambassador Mills joined Armenian members of the Armenian Peace Keeping Brigade at Zvartnots Airport to send off 36 Armenian peacekeepers to participate in Saber Junction 15, a USAREUR-led Decisive Action Training Environment exercise designed to train a brigade-level unit to operate with allied and partner nations as part of a combined force. ...
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Read the New York Times best -selling novel Wonder, now in Armenian and available for free!

The U.S. embassy has been involved in a project together with Project Harmony, conducting a teacher training workshop that will help create a conversation with Armenian youth about social inclusion and disabilities. Fifty teachers are participating in the workshops, which incorporate lesson plans based on book. Wonder is about a boy with a severe facial ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Yerevan

On Sunday, March 1st, a large protest is expected to be held in downtown Yerevan.  The protest is expected to have a sizeable turnout.  Protestors have indicated that the event will take place outside the Opera House in Freedom Square, beginning at 1500. Nearby streets, including Mashtots Avenue, Sayat-Nova Avenue, Tumanyan Street and adjacent section ...
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USAID Wraps up the Visit of Agency Leader for Europe and Eurasia to Armenia

USAID Acting Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Susan Kosinski Fritz paid a five-day working visit to Armenia from February 21 through 25. She visited several USAID project sites and met with the leadership of the Armenian government, representatives of civil society and the tourism sector, and with several partner organizations. Ms. Fritz oversees USAID’s ...
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Visit of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to Armenia

On February 18, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland led a joint civilian-military delegation to Yerevan, Armenia to meet with senior Armenian government officials and civil society representatives to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues. She also visited the 1915 Memorial at Tsitsernakaberd, which she described as ...
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Ambassador Richard M Mills Jr. met with His Holiness Karekin II

On February 24, U.S. Ambassador Richard M Mills Jr. met with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians in Etchmiadzin. Touching upon Armenia-US relations, the Catholicos of All Armenians particularly expressed gratitude to the American people and the U.S. government for their assistance and expressed his appreciation of the United States’ ...
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DTRA Sponsors Project to Strengthen Armenia’s Laboratory Network

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) organized a kick-off meeting for the “Strengthening Armenian Laboratory Network for disease detection, disease surveillance and updating IHR requirements” project. The four-day meeting, involving representatives from the Armenian Ministries of Health and Agriculture, was held at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan from 10-13 ...
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Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland Travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia

On February 16, Assistant Secretary Nuland will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan, to meet with senior government officials to work to strengthen bilateral relations on trade and investment, energy diversification, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy and civil society, as well as toward advancing a just and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. She will also meet ...
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DTRA Sponsors Regional ASF Public Outreach Project

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) held a kick off workshop for its regional collaborative project entitled “African Swine Fever (ASF) Regional Public Outreach.”   The three-day workshop was held in the Hyatt Yerevan Hotel on February 3-5, 2015.  Representatives from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine were in attendance, as were veterinary ...
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U.S. Embassy launches “It’s a Wonder-ful Life” project

The U.S. Embassy in Armenia is delighted to partner with the Project Harmony International (PHI) on a project designed to generate a conversation about social inclusion and disabilities with Armenian youth. Our “It’s a Wonder-ful Life” project centers around the New York Times best-selling novel Wonder, a touching and thought-provoking book about a boy with ...
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Preparing for the 2015 Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season.  This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on http://travel.state.gov . Who Must File? All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States ...
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Travel Warning – Iran

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran.  U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and carefully consider nonessential travel.  This Travel Warning updates the Travel Warning for Iran issued May 22, 2014. ...
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Worldwide Caution

U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need ...
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U.S. and Armenia reach reciprocal visa arrangement

Effective January 1, 2015, the United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement with the Republic of Armenia. Armenian applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel to the U.S. Qualified Armenian students and ...
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Transcaucasia Resiliency Exercise held in Tbilisi

From December 2 – 5, Armenian representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Emergency Services and the National Security Service participated in the Transcaucasia Resiliency Exercise (TREX) held in Tbilisi, Georgia under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Georgian government hosted the ...
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DTRA Sponsors Bio Safety and Security Workshop

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) held a Biosecurity workshop on December 8, 2014 in Yerevan, Armenia. Representatives from the Armenian National Security Service, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations collaborated to generate requirements to mitigate threats to the animal and human health ...
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New penitentiary opens in Armenia to serve special inmates

A new correctional facility conforming to European standards was officially launched in Armavir on Saturday as part of the Government’s efforts to reform the corrections system and reduce overcrowding in prisons. The official opening ceremony was attended by President Serzh Sargsyan, Minister of Justice Hovhannes Manukyan, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern and official delegation ...
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NATO Week Armenia 2014; Handover reception

U.S. Ambassador in Armenia John Heffern hosted a reception in honor of NATO Week in Armenia (November 10-14). NATO Week is an initiative organized by NATO Ally embassies in Armenia, in close partnership with the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense. The theme this year is women, peace and security, and interoperability. ...
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Fellowship for Leaders in NGOs

The U.S. Embassy announces a competitive fellowship for nonprofit/NGO leaders from Armenia to apply for a paid, prestigious fellowship in the U.S. for one year of leadership development through Atlas Corps.  Atlas Corps is seeking nonprofit leaders with 2-10 years of experience, a college degree and English proficiency to apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts Renowned American Writers

On October 21-23, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Armenian Literature Foundation, will host American writers from the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa, USA. Guests include renowned American writers – Peter Balakian, Gish Jen, Gregory Orfalea, Mary Hickman, and Christopher Merrill. The goal of the program is to engage young ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on of the Display of the Ghazir Rug in the White House Visitor Center

On November 18-23, the White House Visitor Center will show an exhibit entitled: “Thank you to the United States: Three Gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad.” Among those gifts displayed will be the Ghazir Rug.  The rug, also known as the “Armenian Orphan Rug,” was presented to President Coolidge in 1925 in recognition ...
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U.S. Department of State Announces Opening of the Registration Period for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa Lottery

The U.S. Department of State announces the opening of the registration period for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa lottery. Entries for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and noon, Eastern Standard  Time (EST) (GMT-5), Monday, November 3, 2014. Applicants may access the ...
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Office of Defense Cooperation hosts graduates of IMET program

On the evening of 30 September, in the US Embassy’s atrium, the Ambassador and the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) hosted a reception for graduates of the ODC’s International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. The IMET program has spent nearly 8 million dollars to train 189 officers, sergeants, and civilians in the United States ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Destruction of the Armenian Church in Syria

U.S. Embassy Yerevan joins the government and people of Armenia in strongly condemning the destruction of the Armenian Church in Deir Ez-zor, Syria. This senseless act of destruction demonstrates yet again the utter disregard the terrorist organization ISIL has for the rich religious and cultural heritage of the Middle East. As Secretary Kerry has stated, ...
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Regional Conference on International Drug Trafficking

Following the seizures of significant quantities of heroin at the Armenian-Iranian and Georgian-Azerbaijani borders earlier this year, the United States – in cooperation with Armenia and Georgia – organized two regional conferences on drug trafficking.  The first conference took place in Yerevan on September 11-12 and the second in Tbilisi, on September 15-16.    The purpose ...
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Statement of Richard Mills Ambassador-Designate to Armenia Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Johnson, and distinguished members of the committee. Twenty-three years ago, I served as the Department of State’s first desk officer for newly independent Armenia, so it is a particular honor for me to be before you today as President Obama’s nominee to serve as the next Ambassador to the ...
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U.S. and Armenia Sign Justice Sector Assistance Agreement

On September 9, 2014, Ambassador John Heffern and Minister of Justice Hovhannes Manukyan signed an amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement between the governments of the United States and Armenia.  This is the sixteenth amendment to the original Letter of Agreement signed in 2001, underwriting more than USD 2.3 ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Trilateral Meeting with Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Wales

Today Secretary Kerry met with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsian and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales to discuss efforts to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. He expressed his strong concern for the recent violence along the Line of Contact, marking the deadliest period in the conflict since the ...
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Some U.S. Visa and Consular Processing Fees to Change on September 12, 2014

Effective September 12, 2014 some non-immigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain categories will change. Please note that there will be no change in visitor (Business, Tourism, and Medical Treatment), student, or exchange visitor visa fees.  They are and will remain $160 per applicant. The visa types that will be affected by this change ...
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Ready to Graduate – Moving Forward with Economic Development

August 2014 marks an important milestone in U.S. development efforts in Armenia, as one of the most successful programs that has provided humanitarian assistance to Armenia since 1992 is reaching its successful conclusion. For the past 22 years, the U.S. Department of State has provided humanitarian assistance in Armenia and throughout the former Soviet Union.  ...
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Ambassador Heffern met with some members of the Armenian Yezidi community

Today Ambassador Heffern met with some members of the Armenian Yezidi community at the U.S. Embassy. They discussed the current situation for Yezidis in Iraq and the U.S. involvement there. Ambassador Heffern underlined the United States Government’s ongoing efforts to alleviate the Yezidis’ humanitarian plight in Iraq and its commitment to their wellbeing.
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U.S. OSCE Statement: Condemnation of Violence Along the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Gary Robbins to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States strongly condemns the violence along the Line of Contact that has resulted in significant casualties since July 31. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed or injured and call on the sides to take immediate action to ...
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Joint Press Release from Minsk Group Co-Chair Country Ambassadors

Today, U.S. Ambassador John Heffern, Russian Ambassador Ivan Volynkin, and French Chargé d’Affaires Isabelle Guisnel called on Vigen A. Sargsyan, Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Armenia. The ambassadors expressed condolences to the families of soldiers who lost their lives during recent events along the line of contact of Nagorno Karabakh ...
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Joint Statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia and US Embassy in Armenia

Today, the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Armenia H.E John Heffern have discussed the recent tensions along the line of contact of Nagorno Karabagh and the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia. Both the Ambassador and the Minister of ...
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International Religious Freedom Report 2013

The International Religious Freedom Report is a tool required by U.S. law to ensure that U.S. policy makers can take into account abuses of religious freedom throughout the world. Religious freedom is a universal right enshrined in key international human rights documents, including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Religious freedom is a source of ...
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Russia’s Continuing Support for Armed Separatists in Ukraine and Ukraine’s Efforts Toward Peace, Unity, and Stability

The United States’ goal throughout the crisis in Ukraine has been to support a democratic Ukraine that is stable, unified, secure both politically and economically, and able to determine its own future.  Therefore, we support ongoing dialogue among the foreign ministers from Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia to work toward a sustainable ceasefire by all ...
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2014 TIP Report

On June 20, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, in which Armenia maintained the highest status of Tier 1.  Last year, Armenia was the only country worldwide to advance to this highest tier.  Thanks to effective on-going efforts of the Armenian government, led by Deputy Prime Minister ...
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Armenia’s International Community to Honour Rights Advocates

The U.S. Embassy, Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, British Embassy, OSCE Office in Yerevan, Council of Europe Office in Yerevan, the United Nations Armenia Office and Counterpart International honoured individuals working to promote human rights, accountable governance, civic activism, local government reform, community service and free speech in Armenia at the Universal Rights ...
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USAID Assists GoA to Develop Unified Tax Code

On June 17, 2014, the USAID-funded Tax Reform Project, in collaboration with the RA Ministry of Finance, organized an international conference on the subject of Tax Code development. The event brought together key Government of Armenia officials, donors, business representatives, academia, independent researchers, and civil society to discuss the preparatory work necessary to introduce a ...
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U.S. Embassy Expands English Access to Remote Areas of Armenia

On June 10, the U. S. Embassy in Armenia, together with Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), launched a new English learning initiative that will expand English learning resources in remote areas of Armenia. The Expanding English Access – Reaching Remote Regions with New Technologies project was initiated and is funded by the U.S. Department of State ...
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Clara Barton Book Available Online

Clara Barton’s children book is now available on line. Clara Barton was a visionary leader and American hero who shaped American history and received international recognition for her hard work. In addition to being an educator and nurse during the U.S. Civil War, she founded the American Red Cross in 1881. The relief efforts of ...
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Sheep Shearing and Country Music

On 3 May, Ambassador Heffern traveled to Syunik Marz for a series of events. The first was held at the Wings of Tatev ropeway near Halidzor. This event, organized by the Tatev Revival Foundation and the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation, brought together several villages to compete in a sheep-shearing contest. Many vendors were also on ...
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Ambassador’s Demining Event

On May 3rd, Ambassador Heffern joined First Deputy Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan for an orientation visit of demining operations currently being conducted south of Kapan near the village of Srashen. A grant from the Department of State made it possible for the HALO Trust demining organization to begin removing mines in this area on ...
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Open Seminar Organized by U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in partnership with the WTO Secretariat, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Ministry of Finance of Armenia, will hold a Seminar on World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Obligations and International Best Practices in Public Procurement in Yerevan on ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Armenia

From April 23-26, a U.S. Congressional delegation including Congressman  Ed Royce  (R-California), Congressman  Eliot Engel  (D-New York), Congressman  David Cicilline  (D-Rhode Island), and Congresswoman  Lois Frankel  (D-Florida) will visit Armenia.  The delegation will meet with a broad range of interlocutors in the executive branch and members of the National Assembly, as well as with civil society activists and political analysts.  Other visits will ...
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USAID and 32 Partner Organizations Launch U.S. Global Development Lab to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030

On April 4, 2014 the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab at an event in New York City. The launch event featured a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been a strong supporter of the use ...
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United States and Armenia Cooperate to Strengthen Counter Nuclear Smuggling Capabilities

Officials from the governments of the United States and Armenia met in Yerevan April 3-4, 2014, to discuss ways to further strengthen cooperation to counter nuclear smuggling. These discussions continued ongoing bilateral cooperation initiated in December 2007 to advance Armenia’s capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear and other radioactive material smuggling incidents. At ...
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“Clara Barton: Our Angel, Too” Children’s Book Presentation with Varduhi Varderesyan

On March 28, U.S. Ambassador John Heffern presented the children’s book “Clara Barton: Our Angel, Too” at the Khnko-Aper National Children’s Library. Armenian actress Varduhi Varderesyan joined the Ambassador in reading the book to 40 school children from Yerevan.  The event is the culmination of the U.S. Embassy’s month-long celebration of Women’s History, which celebrates ...
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U.S. Government transfers disaster package to the Minstry of Emergency Situations of Armenia

On March 21 the U.S. Government transferred a Disaster Package designed to respond to natural and man-made disasters to the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The allocation is administered by Counterpart International, and the ceremony took place at the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) of Armenia. John A Heffern, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Jerry Oberndorfer, Director ...
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Armenian Policewomen participate in training conference in Tbilisi

Fourteen Armenian policewomen actively participated in the international “Women in Policing” training conference organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), the Georgian Ministry of Interior, and the International Office of Migration in Tbilisi, March 4 through 6.  Their travel to the Georgian capital was organized and financed by ...
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Women are Key to Peace and Security

By John Kerry International Women’s Day is more than a moment marked on a calendar. It is a day not just to renew our determination to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place — but to recognize that a world where opportunities for women grow, is a world where the possibilities for peace, ...
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U.S. and Armenia Mark Cooperative Efforts to Prevent Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States, the National Security Service (NSS) and Armenian Border Guard (ABG) held a ceremony on March 6 to mark the completion of a two-year cooperative effort aimed at reducing the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) along Armenia’s northern border with Georgia. U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John A. Heffern attended ...
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Yes, Ambassadors do sometimes read fairy tales

On March 4, Ambassador Heffern helped the Yerevan American Corner commemorate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. He read some stories to children from Yerevan’s secondary school #114. The children were asked if they know what an ambassador does. One child raised his hand and said “they read fairy tales”. Yes, sometimes they do.
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U.S. Army trains Armenian Non Commissioned Officers

The Warrant Officer School of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Defense, hosted the graduation of 46 privates and sergeants from a U.S. Army-led “Warrior Leader Course.”  Non-Commissioned Officers from the Armenian Army, as well as the Peace Keeping Brigade, participated in ...
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2013 Human Rights Report released

The State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices document the human rights situation in 199 countries and regions around the world.  Every year, diplomats and staff at U.S. embassies and consulates work with human rights activists, governments, non-governmental organizations, and colleagues in Washington to confirm the facts and draft the reports.   While we ...
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Yerevan Hosts Third Annual Pension Conference

On February 21, 2014, the Pension System Awareness Center Foundation, under the leadership of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia and with support from the USAID-funded Pension Reform Implementation Program and the Finance for Economic Development Program, hosted the Third Annual Pension Conference titled “New Pension System: Opportunities, Challenges and Expectations.” Prime ...
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Armenian and Georgian Animal Health Delegation visit the U.S.

A multidisciplinary delegation of Armenians and Georgians, led by animal health experts from Colorado State University, visited California on a one week study tour of the US animal health system. The group visited dairy farm operations in Northern California, an anthrax laboratory at University of California at Davis and a private veterinary clinic before attending ...
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USAID to Support Development of Country Brand for Armenia

On February 20, USAID and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA) signed an agreement under which USAID and the Government of Armenia will provide financial support to the Foundation to create a country brand for Armenia. U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern and Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan witnessed the signing ceremony, held ...
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Building hope in Gavar

On February 12, Ambassador Heffern visited the Gavar Children’s Development Rehabilitation Center run by Arabkir Hospital, and the Resource Center run by Good Hope NGO and Arabkir Hospital. As the first training of its kind in Armenia, the training and support to parents of kids with disabilities allows the children to stay at home instead ...
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Blood Drive in Armenia organized at the U.S. Embassy by the Hematology Center

A blood drive, “Have a Heart, Save a Life,” was organized at the U.S. Embassy by the Hematology Center. Ambassador John A. Heffern, Deputy Minister of Health Sergey Khachatryan, and Director of the Hematology Center Smbat Daghbashyan took part in the event, offering congratulatory words. Volunteer donations of blood are not common in Armenia yet. ...
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People to People ties impress Ambassador Warlick

U.S. Co-Chair to the Minsk Group, Ambassador James Warlick, sat down with group of U.S. track II program alumni to discuss the N/K peace process during his visit to Yerevan. The group gave great feedback on the successes and challenges in the process. Track II diplomacy is any people-to-people programs (not official) that aim to ...
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Armenian Corrections Delegation Successful Training in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Corrections staff members continued sharing instructional strategies with the Armenian correctional delegation in January at the Madison Training Center. The training topics included demonstrations; role plays; case studies; scenarios, presentations, etc. The Corrections Reform Program partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Armenia started in April 2012, and the ongoing cooperation ...
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USAID Launches Two Programs for Rural Economic Development

On January 31, USAID/Armenia joined the Small Medium Enterprise Development National Center of Armenia (SME DNC), the Fuller Center for Housing of Armenia and local partners to mark the official launch of two rural development projects – the Partnerships for Rural Prosperity (PRP) and Advanced Rural Development Initiative (ARDI). U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern, ...
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Thank you, Armenia! U.S. Embassy named “most active”

The International Media Holding group conducted a survey of 1300 viewers to find out who their favorites were in various areas, including local government, ministry, charity, entertainment and diplomacy. The U.S. Mission was named “most active”, and Ambassador Heffern accepted the award on behalf of the mission. The award ceremony was held January 29.
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U.S. Embassy congratulates Armenia, U.S. company Contour Global

The United States Embassy welcomes the agreement between the government of Armenia and the U.S. Company ContourGlobal over the purchase of the Vorotan Hydro Cascade. This 180 million dollar investment represents the largest ever U.S. private investment in Armenia and the first U.S. investment in Armenia’s energy sector. The Vorotan Hydro Cascade is a series ...
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Deputy Prime-Minister Armen Gevorgyan visited USDA/CARD sponsored projects

On January 22, Armenia’s Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Territorial Administration Armen Gevorgyan visited several U.S.- and Austrian Development Agency-supported projects as part of his regional visit to Lori. Governor of Lori Arthur Nalbandyan and Mayor of Stepanavan Michael Gharakeshishyan joined him for the tours. Stops included the Stepanavan Farm and Veterinary Service Center (FVSC), ...
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Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on the Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran has taken the initial specific steps it committed to on or by January 20th, as part of the Joint Plan of Action between the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton), and Iran.  As ...
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FACT SHEET: Review of U.S. Signals Intelligence

In the latter half of 2013 and early 2014, the United States Government undertook a broad-ranging and unprecedented review of our signals intelligence programs, led by the White House with relevant Departments and Agencies across the Government. In addition to our own intensive work, the review process drew on input from key stakeholders, including Congress, ...
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Ambassador Heffern’s address to mission employees

Award Ceremony (as prepared) Thanks, Amanda, and thanks to everyone for joining us for this event. Embassy Yerevan has a first rate team – in every section, in every way. The place always looks great.  Our visitors always have smooth and productive visits.  We are succeeding in pushing our message domestically and regionally in many ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks on the U.S.-Armenian Relationship: The Next Twenty Years (as prepared)

John A. Heffern, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia April 2, 2012 Hrazdan Hotel Yerevan, Armenia   Thanks to the Hrazdan Hotel for hosting us here today to talk about U.S.-Armenian relations.  We chose this location for a specific reason.  Twenty years ago, in February 1992, the United States opened its first Embassy in four rooms up ...
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Remarks by Ambassador John Heffern at the Free and Fair Elections Conference

Thank you Prime Minister Sargsian for your remarks and Prosecutor General Hovsepyan for initiating this conference. The U.S. and Armenia have much to be proud of in the twenty-year history of our bilateral relations. The U.S.-Armenia relationship is strong and getting stronger.  The U.S. has long supported Armenia’s transition to democracy – through assistance projects ...
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Ambassador Heffern’s speech at AUA (As prepared)

Thank you, it’s great to be at the American University of Armenia to talk about U.S.-Armenia relations. Twentieth Anniversary February 2012 was a very important month for us.  It was the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Embassy here in Yerevan.  We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our partnership with Armenia.  Bilateral ...
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U.S. Independence Day Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch

Chairman Abrahamian, Friends: Thank you for joining us to celebrate the birthday of the United States of America. July 4th is not for a few weeks, but the legacy of America’s independence is worth celebrating every day of the year. On Independence Day, Americans reconnect with family, friends and community, remember our history, and renew our ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at World Press Freedom Day Concert and Reception

Tonight we celebrate your work and the work of journalists around the world and reflect upon one of the core values of every democracy: freedom of expression.  Freedom of expression, for members of the media and citizens alike, is a universal human right and the cornerstone of a democratic society. Governments must protect the right ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Ombudsman Andreasian’s “Media Forum 1”

Media freedom is one of the cornerstones of liberty. Without freedom of the press, countries simply cannot achieve their full economic and democratic potential.  Indeed, freedom of media, and its corollary, the freedom of expression, underlie many other freedoms essential to democracy: the freedoms of conscience, of assembly, of religion, and of choosing one’s government. ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Counterpart International’s CIVICUS Presentation

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen: Good Morning. I congratulate Counterpart International and all Civicus’ implementing partners for developing the Armenia case study of the 2010 Civil Society Index. The cooperation undertaken for its production was exemplary, involving civil society organizations, representatives of the international community, numerous government agencies, academia, media and the business community – ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Yovanovitch | 2010 Armenian-American Diaspora Tour

Good evening. Thank you very much for coming this evening. Tonight, I’m seeing some old friends, and I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to meet more of you later tonight. This evening, I’d like to update you on our work to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia partnership.  I also want to talk about some of the ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at 9/11 Commemoration Event

Governor, Mayor Babayan, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you. And thank you all for gathering together at this lovely memorial to honor the lives of those who were taken from us on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Nine years ago, in the wake of devastating acts of terrorism, brave firefighters, ...
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Remarks on the Completion of Noratus Medieval Cemetery Preservation Project

Barev Dzez.  Minister, Governor, Mayor, Tim, other distinguished guests and donors.  I am delighted to be with you today to announce the completion of the Noratus Medieval Cemetery preservation project. We gather today at an ancient site that is home to the largest collection of cross stones in the world.  It has been an honor, ...
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Ambassador’s Speech at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

I am honored to participate in the Swearing-in Ceremony of the 18th group of volunteers ready to serve Peace Corps Armenia. Forty-eight years ago, the man who created the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy, called Peace Corps Volunteers:  Our Ambassadors of Peace.  Ambassadors who would go forth and help the people of other countries ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks Welcoming Sports Envoys

Bari yereko Minister Petrosyan hargeli teeknike yev paronike (Good evening ladies and gentlemen).  Distinguished guests. I am pleased to welcome you to my home this evening to meet Amber Stackhouse and Erin Comstock, two talented professional American snowboarders and sports filmmakers, and now, U.S. Department of State “Sports Envoys.” Working with national sports leagues and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Peace Corps Volunteer Award Ceremony

Peace Corps Week commemorates the week that John F. Kennedy outlined his idea for a program that would send thousands of young Americans overseas.  Less than a year later the first Peace Corps Volunteers were sent to Ghana and Nigeria.  Peace Corps week is not just a week to celebrate the accomplishments of Peace Corps ...
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Handover Ceremony of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Unit

Deputy Minister Hakobyan, Mr. Babloyan, partners, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to be here today to mark the handover of the USAID-funded Combined Heat and Power equipment to the Arabkir Medical Center.  For over a decade, the U.S. Government has been assisting Armenia to restructure its energy sector and put it onto a sustainable ...
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“Redefining American Democracy” Winter School

Media freedom is one of the cornerstones of liberty. Without freedom of the press, countries simply cannot achieve their full economic and democratic potential.  Indeed, freedom of media, and its corollary, the freedom of expression, underlie many other freedoms essential to democracy: the freedoms of conscience, of assembly, of religion, and of choosing one’s government. ...
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Remarks for Opening Ceremony of Harvard Black Sea Security Conference

Good morning. I would like to welcome Deputy Minister of Defense Nazaryan, Dr. Boghdasarian, General Kotanjian, Dr. Konoplyov, Mr. Mkrtchyan, excellencies and participants. I would especially like to welcome those of you here to Armenia, who may be making your first visit to this country. As some of you may know, I myself have only ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks to Armenian Diaspora in U.S.

Barev Dzez. Bari Yereko Good Evening. Thank you for your warm welcome. In so many ways, the Armenian-American community represents the foundation and the strength of our bilateral partnership with Armenia, so I´d like to thank the organizers for making it possible for me to be here tonight. One of the many joys of being in Armenia is ...
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U.S. Assistance to Armenia 2010

In response to news reports carried recently by several media outlets regarding assistance from the United States for Armenia, I would like to inform you of the following: Since international assistance to Armenia began over twenty years ago with the relief effort following the 1988 earthquake, the U.S. government has provided almost two billion dollars ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch at World Press Freedom Day Event

Yesterday, on May 3, the international community celebrated World Press Freedom Day. Every year on this important occasion, the United States recognizes the essential contribution of a free press to the institution of democracy, and honors the sacrifices of those who are working to establish an independent media in Armenia and throughout the world. Freedom ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch at AAA International Youth Seminar

Thank you, Tevan. Head of NATO Division of the MFA, Mr. Isaraelyan, Ambassador Lonsdale, members of the South Caucasus Youth Forum. The title of your seminar is “NATO at 60, a New Start” and, coincidentally, it was only a few days ago that our new Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called for a “fresh start” ...
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Reception in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and Mikhail Danielyan

Thank you all for joining me tonight during this inspiring and historic week. On Monday, we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., who committed – and ultimately gave — his life to the struggle for justice, racial equality and human rights. On the same day, we remembered with sadness, the second anniversary of ...
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