First Session of the Armenian-American Strategic Dialogue Held in Yerevan


Government members engaged in dialogue

YEREVAN—The governments of the United States and Armenia recommitted to strengthening their relationship during the U.S.-Armenia Strategic Dialogue on May 7.

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan hosted the dialogue, and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigor Hovhannissian led the Armenian delegation, with participation by Armenian Ambassador to the United States Varuzhan Nersesyan.

The U.S. side was led by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent, with participation from U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy and high-level officials representing the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Commerce, in addition to several State Department bureaus.

The USASD comes one year after the peaceful events of April/May 2018, which led to the election of a new Armenian government committed to democratic and economic reform. The Armenian people voiced their desire to live in a modern, democratic country that respects the rule of law and is free from corruption.

During the USASD, the delegations discussed cooperation on strategic reforms and promoting shared democratic values. The attendees also discussed global and regional security, law enforcement, assistance, and promoting mutual prosperity. The delegations reconfirmed the mutual commitment of the United States and Armenia to deepening cooperation across all areas of the bilateral relationship.

During the meeting, the United States and the Republic of Armenia signed assistance agreements of up to $16 million to promote economic growth and good governance. USAID further announced the launch of a new, 2 – 3 year initiative with $6 million dedicated for its first year of funding. This new initiative will support the government of Armenia’s democratic reform agenda, promote citizen engagement, and help to deliver results for the Armenian people.


Government members of Armenia and the U.S.

The Republic of Armenia and the United States also agreed on the importance of law enforcement and judicial reform, highlighting the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement programs and future opportunities for bilateral cooperation in this area.

The United States and the Republic of Armenia committed to increasing bilateral cultural and people-to-people ties. The two countries will sign a memorandum of understanding to expand and support educational and professional exchange programs. The U.S. side committed to expanding English language training for Armenian students in rural communities across Armenia, and to establishing a Master’s degree program in American Studies at an Armenian university.


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  1. Artin said:

    We Armenians should be VERY careful of the United States. The US quickly infiltrates nations, burdens them with debt, quickly builds a military base (or 3) in their nation & pretty soon, the host nation loses all autonomy. Look at what has happened to all the NATO members who used to be part of the USSR/Warsaw Pact, such as the baltic states or Poland. They are merely puppets for the US empire. If that’s not bad enough, Globalization & Americanization has brought nothing but vast migration of non europeans to Europe, the contamination of islam into Christendom & the destruction of many once moral & unified cultures. America is NOT Armenia’s friend, in the world of politics there is no such thing as friends. While I do agree that Armenia needs multiple allies so as not solely to rely on Russia, we must also remember that our young nation is in a VERY fragile state. If the American globalists have their way, Armenia will be full of muslim & African “migrants”, it will be burdened with enormous amounts of debt, & pretty soon our small & fragile homeland will be confined to the pages of history. At the end of the day, we as a people & as a nation MUST rely on ourselves if we truly want to thrive as Armenians & REMAIN Armenians. I don’t know about you, but I love the fact our nation is so homogenous. I have no intention of letting Hayastan end up like Sweden!

    • Raffi said:

      I agree with you, Armenian should be very, very, very careful with US, Russia is more trustworthy than US, Trust But Verify (Ronald Reagan), better a neighbor nearby (Russia) than a brother far away.