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 Tuesday, June 30 2020 12:34
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Armenian Foreign Minister and US Assistant Secretary of State  discussed implementation of joint agreements in the framework of  strategic dialogue

Armenian Foreign Minister and US Assistant Secretary of State  discussed implementation of joint agreements in the framework of  strategic dialogue

ArmInfo. Armenian Foreign  Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan had a telephone conversation with the  Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip  Ricker.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  Armenia, the interlocutors exchanged views on the problems caused by  the new type of coronavirus and steps taken to overcome them at the  national level, emphasizing the need for international solidarity and  cooperation in combating the epidemic.  In this context, Mnatsakanyan  thanked the US government for the financial assistance provided to  Armenia.  The parties raised a number of issues on the bilateral  agenda. The importance of continuing contacts, including remote ones  in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, and implementing the  agreements reached within the framework of the Armenian-American  strategic dialogue and the Armenian-American trade and investment  council was indicated.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the reforms carried out by the  Armenian government in such areas as the fight against corruption,  justice and law enforcement agencies. In this context, the RA Foreign  Minister praised the continued support provided by the United States.

During the conversation, Mnatsakanyan and Riker also touched upon  cooperation with citizens on the issue of reception. Pointing out the  value of Armenia's efforts in this direction, the US diplomat noted  that the US Department of Homeland Security excluded Armenia from the  list of high-risk countries and included it in the list of states  cooperating on readmission.

In the context of cooperation within the framework of the Alliance of  Religious Freedom, Mnatsakanyan presented the programs initiated by  Armenia to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of religious  and ethnic minorities in the Middle East. The interlocutors also  discussed a number of topical issues of the international and  regional agenda, touched on the latest processes in the settlement of  the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict.

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