ArmInfo.The Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues leadership spearheaded a letter signed by 48 Members of Congress sent to President Donald Trump today urging him to meet with newly-appointed Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, during the annual United Nations General Assembly held in New York in September, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) reported.
''A conversation between President Trump and Prime Minister Pashinyan emphasizing economic development, security, and democracy is critical for a strong pivot towards a strategic partnership between our countries," Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) said.
The letter to President Trump says, in part: "The peaceful transition of power after the revolution is a clear indication of the will of the Armenian people, strongly demonstrating their commitment to a fairer and more democratic state. As Armenia seeks to bolster government transparency, strengthen democratic institutions, and empower civil society, it is critical for the United States to deepen its ties with this regional partner at every level of government."
A week earlier, ArmInfo reported that the Co-Chairs of the Committee on Armenian Issues of the US Congress are collecting signatures to send a letter to US President Donald Trump with a call to meet with the new Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan during the United Nations summit in New York in September this year. This meeting, according to congressmen, may lead to the expansion of the US- Armenian dialogue and the further international economic integration of Armenia, as well as the growth of bilateral trade and investment. The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Tigran Balayan confirmed at yesterday's press conference the intention to organize a meeting between the leaders of Armenia and the United States Nikol Pashinyan and Donald Trump. According to him, organizational issues are currently being discussed. "We confirm Pashinyan's participation at the UN General Assembly summit in New York in September this year, within which he will hold a number of bilateral meetings, possibly with Trump too," Balayan said, adding that he can not yet say if there is a final agreement on Pashinyan-Trump meeting. Earlier the US Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills stressed that the possibility of organizing a meeting between Trump and Pashinyan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly summit is being considered. "However, the schedules of the two leaders are very busy, and their administrations are trying to find time for the meeting," the diplomat said, stressing that there is no agreement on the meeting yet.
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