Biden affirms support for "Armenia’s pursuit of dignified and durable regional peace"
US President Joe Biden sent a letter to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to mark the anniversary of Armenia's independence and to express support for Yerevan in its efforts for regional peace.
The letter was conveyed to Pashinyan by Samantha Power, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Public Radio of Armenia said on Monday.
"I send my best wishes to you and the people of Armenia as you celebrate your Independence Day. This year, as we mark this proud occasion, we are also mourning the recent loss of life of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh. I have asked Samantha Power, a key member of my cabinet, to personally convey to you the strong support of the United States and my Administration for Armenia’s pursuit of a dignified and durable regional peace that maintains your sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and democracy."
"Armenia has demonstrated its commitment to that purpose by engaging in peace talks with Azerbaijan as well as implementing critical economic reforms, improving government accountability and strengthening democratic institutions. I assure you that the United States will continue to stand beside Armenia as you work to strengthen the democracy at home and seek stability in your neighborhood."
Samantha Power posted pictures taken at the Armenian Genocide Memorial, which she visited after her arrival in Yerevan, and said on Twitter:
"My 1st stop after landing in Yerevan was to the Armenian Genocide Memorial. A beautiful and poignant tribute to all those who were killed, and to the survivors and families & friends who have so inspired me in their relentless pursuit of truth & justice for their loved ones."