Ambassador Kristina Kvien’s speech on U.S. Independence Day 2023

Good Evening!  Thanks to Hasmik of Naghash Ensemble for the beautiful rendition of our national anthems, and thank you to the Kansas Army National Guard Infantry Quintet and Hard Rock Cafés “Ness Band” for the wonderful music tonight.  Also a big thanks to our Marine Detachment for the beautiful presentation of the colors. Deputy Prime ... Read More»

Ambassador Kvien’s Remarks at Forum for Democracy May 31, 2023, 10:00 Transcript

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Freedom House and the Union of Informed Citizens for organizing this second annual Forum for Democracy.   I also want to commend the people of Armenia for their unwavering commitment to democratic reform despite grave security challenges.   This commitment ... Read More»

Visa Fee Increases Effective May 30, 2023

The U.S. Department of State has increased certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application processing fees globally.  These fee increases are effective as of May 30, 2023. The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s) and other non-petition based NIVs, such as student and exchange visitor visas, has increased from $160 to $185.  The ... Read More»

Remarks as Prepared by Ambassador Kvien at World Press Freedom Day Reception May 4, 2023

Dear Guests, Good evening!  It’s a pleasure to host this gathering to recognize World Press Freedom Day.  A free, diverse, and independent press is a fundamental pillar of any successful democracy.   A free press plays a role that is much deeper than just providing information, although that in itself is important.  A free press holds ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts World Press Freedom Day Event, Announces $17.3 Million Investments in Armenia’s Media Sector

On May 4, 2023, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Kristina Kvien hosted a reception in honor of World Press Freedom Day for Armenian media representatives and other stakeholders.  In her remarks, Ambassador Kvien underscored the important role a free press plays in democratic societies to inform the public and hold governments and those in power accountable. ... Read More»

The Armenian Rescue Service Visits the Kansas Civil Support Team

On 10-14 April 2023, under the auspices of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Security Cooperation Engagement Program, 10 specialists of the Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Situations Monitoring Unit of the Rescue Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) visited the Kansas Civil Support Team (CST) in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Kvien’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Armenia General Meeting

Mr. Deputy Prime Minister, Government Officials, Mr. AmCham President, members of the AmCham Board of Directors, Distinguished Guests, I am delighted to be here today. The Embassy has no better partner in Armenia for promoting trade and economic growth than the Chamber, and I want to thank AmCham for hosting this event.  I have only ... Read More»

Ambassador Kvien presents her credentials

Today Ambassador Kristina Kvien officially presented her credentials as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia to President Vahagn Khachaturyan. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. The United States deeply values our partnership with Armenia, which is based on our shared democratic values.  I look forward to working closely with the Armenian ... Read More»
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