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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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