Armenian Reporter: Armenia’s FM visits Washington DC

WASHINGTON – Armenia’s foreign minister visited with his recently appointed counterpart John Kerry and Armenia-friendly members of the U.S. Congress during his biennial visit to the American Capital.

The Kerry meeting in the morning of June 4 included a discussion of the "friendly partnership" between the U.S. and Armenia and the various problems the two sought two address. (Incidentally, a day earlier Kerry met with Azerbaijan’s foreign minister.)

In his brief remarks to press, Kerry recalled that "everybody knows Massachusetts is home to one of the largest populations of Armenians outside of Armenia, so we’re very happy."

In a press release about congressional meeting, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said issues included support for U.S. aid to Armenia, Artsakh, and the Javakheti region of Georgia. Additionally, Sherman backed Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to open a civilian airport in Stepanakert despite Azerbaijan’s threats, as well as ending the dual blockades imposed by Turkey and Azerbaijan on Armenia.

"As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I will continue to fight for recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and advocate for U.S. assistance to Armenia and Artsakh," said Sherman. "As I discussed with Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian, we will work together to ensure this friendship and partnership grows even further."

In between the trips to Foggy Bottom and Capitol Hill, Nalbandian gave an off the record talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

via Armenian Reporter:.

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