UPDATED 11:05 AM PT – Tuesday, May 3, 2022
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic civil nuclear cooperation.
Today we launched the U.S.-Armenia Strategic Dialogue with Armenian Foreign Minister @AraratMirzoyan as we celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations. The U.S. is committed to strengthening our bilateral relationship, which is strongly rooted in shared democratic values. pic.twitter.com/lhB0rKxo75
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 2, 2022
Blinken welcomed Ararat Mirzoyan to the State Department Monday, where he said the memorandum opens new paths for cooperation and may strengthen bilateral ties. The two also spoke about improving defense ties and fighting corruption in Armenia among other issues.
Blinken noted, Armenia is going through “challenging times,” but said the nation has a true friend and partner in the US. He went on to praise the country’s government.
“I just want to take this opportunity as we’re sitting here to, in the first instance, praise the leadership of the prime minister and his government, the democratic reforms that they’ve been pursuing, the the progress that continues to be made,” he stated. “But also to very much welcome the dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
Armenia’s foreign minister thanked Blinken for the nation’s support for Armenia’s nuclear energy sector and noted this year mark’s 30-years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.