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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»
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