ArmInfo. Assistance to reform agenda of Armenia's new government is a key factor in Armenian-American relations, the US Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy stated on the air of Azatutyun Radio.
According to her, this in turn implies strengthening of the country's civil society and independent media. When asked to tell about herself, Lynne Tracy stated that she was appointed to the post of ambassador for the first time, and proud to be appointed US ambassador to Armenia. At the same time, she added that she had previously worked as a deputy ambassador to Moscow, and also worked in Central Asia (in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan), Afghanistan and Pakistan. "I am determined to work with the Armenian authorities and civil society to deepen our cooperation," Lynne Tracy said.
At the same time, stating the existence of serious work experience with post-Soviet countries, the American diplomat noted that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, each of the post-Soviet countries went its own way of development, including Armenia. "It is enough to recall last year's events in order to understand how successfully Armenia is on its way," she said.
Touching upon the activities of the new government and the impressions of the new young team, Lynne Tracy, in particular, said: "Some words come to my mind to describe them - positive energy, enthusiasm, opportunities. And I think this generally corresponds to our common agenda, what should the democratic agenda be? development, which is also important in terms of the independence of the state. " At the same time, the diplomat said that the meetings at the government discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including the eradication of corruption. At the same time, the ambassador stated that there are many talented people in Armenia, therefore a wide range of issues was discussed, including the reform agenda of the Armenian government and the possible assistance of the United States in this matter. Speaking about the steps taken by the RA government to combat corruption, the diplomat stated that the Armenian-American cooperation is focused on deepening the rule of law in Armenia, strengthening the judicial system and ensuring the accountability of these institutions to the people, increasing the transparency of their activities. "And these are the areas in which we interact with the RA government, and which inspire us with hope. I believe that work in this area still has to be done both in Armenia and in countries like the United States," said Lynne Tracy. At the same time, she stressed the importance of creating a favorable business environment in Armenia so that it is predictable, transparent and free. According to her, it is important for business that the country be attractive and develop. "This is another area where we encourage government action," she said. However, she refused to give an assessment of the activities carried out in the framework of court cases, since they have not yet been completed. However, according to her, she sees the desire of the authorities to strengthen institutions in the country, which play a key role in strengthening the rule of law. "These are the courts, the police, the Ministry of Justice and other structures that play an important role in the fight against corruption. From this point of view, we will continue to encourage the authorities` efforts to carry out reforms in this area," she said, expressing her conviction that this ultimately will lead to an increase in the confidence of the Armenian society in the courts.