ArmInfo. On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the 246th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America with an evening music, American food, and fireworks. At the event, U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy reaffirmed U.S. support for democratic development in Armenia.
"The stories of our partnership encompass support for democratic institutions, civil society, free and fair journalism, economic growth, energy diversification, inclusive education, improved healthcare, access to water, security cooperation, preservation of cultural heritage, exchange programs, and humanitarian needs," Ambassador Tracy said in her remarks.
"We have partnered with Armenians in and out of government, like-minded diplomats and international organizations, and American citizens, including proud Armenian-Americans. The tie that has animated this cooperation has been a shared sense of values. And, it is the power of these partnerships that has helped drive the significant progress we have seen in Armenia over the past thirty years," she added.
On behalf of Armenia's Government, Armenian Vice-Premier Hambardzum Matevosyan congratulated Ambassador Tracy.
The U.S Government has been supporting Armenia since it gained independence, being committed to the Armenia people's desire to live in a free, democratic country with rule of law and no corruption, he said.
The Armenia-U.S. relations reached a new level after the velvet revolution, with the bilateral intergovernmental economic consultations evolving into a strategic dialogue, Mr Matevosyan said.
He pointed out numerous fields of bilateral cooperation - from legal reforms to corruption control, energy and IT sectors. The Armenia-U.S. strategic dialogue resumed its annual sessions this spring.
One of the achievements of the strategic dialogue is the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation (NCMOU). Development of cooperation in this field will open up new opportunities for Armenia.
Armenia highly appreciates the U.S. efforts at a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, Mr Matevosyan said. He voiced hop that the efforts will be consistent and peace will be established in the region, with the Artsakh Armenians' rights respected.
Mr Matevosyan stated Armenia appreciates the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Joe Biden administration. That was a great step toward the Armenians' just struggle throughout the world and a harsh response to the Genocide deniers. This confirms the U.S. remains committed to the supremacy of human rights and panhuman values.
Independence Day, which Americans celebrate as the birthday of the United States of America, takes place on July 4 each year, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Five members of the renowned Hover State Chamber Choir performed the Armenian and U.S. National Anthems in honor of the occasion. The theme of the event is the 30th anniversary of the U.S. - Armenia relationship.