Bilateral Cooperation & International Relations

 

Armenia-US relations

US upset over Armenia’s military deployment to Syria
/Feb 13/AMN Al-Masdar News/

BEIRUT – The United States expressed their dismay over Armenia’s recent military deployment to Syria, despite the fact they were invited by the Syrian government.

“We recognize the desire of other nations to respond to the humanitarian situation in Syria, and we share the concerns about protecting religious minorities in the Middle East,” the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

“However, we do not support any engagement with Syrian military forces, whether that engagement is to provide assistance to civilians or is military in nature,” they added.

“Nor do we support any cooperation between Armenia and Russia for this mission. Russia has partnered with the Assad regime to slaughter civilians and trigger a humanitarian catastrophe. Russia continues to protect the Assad regime and its atrocities on a global stage,” it added in a statement to Armenian media circulated by the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.

The Armenian military’s deployment was part of a humanitarian mission that sought to assist the war-torn city of Aleppo.


USA’s tough response to Armenian mission in Syria predictable: political analyst
/Feb 13/Aysor/

The response of the U.S. side to sending Armenian humanitarian mission to Syria was predictable, political analyst, international relations expert Suren Sargsyan told Aysor.am, referring to the response of U.S. Department of State to Aysor.am’s question about the position of the USA on Armenian mission in Syria.

“We have sent humanitarian mission to Syria previously as well, but it was not followed with tough statement by the U.S. side. At the same time, we must take into consideration that the first tough statement from the U.S. came when our National Security Council secretary accidentally or on purpose stated that Armenia hails Russia’s actions in Syria,” Sargsyan reminded, adding that after it first tough response came from the USA with the second one registered today about sending Armenian mission to Syria.

The expert said that Armenia must currently work intensively with the official Washington to thoroughly explain the circumstance of Armenia’s presence in Syria, why it has sent humanitarian mission there and what it is going to do there.

“More intensive and consistent work must be carried out. Armenia must work in all directions and on all the levels via defense, foreign affairs ministries and other state bodies,” he said, adding that though the USA will not change its position but at least it will be edited, and the USA will not carry out any steps and actions.

“I would like to remind that some sanctions the USA imposed on Iran and Russia were agreed on involvement of these countries in Syrian crisis,” the political analyst said.

Sargsyan stressed that Armenia must show that its involvement there is of exclusively peaceful nature.

“The United States is a super power and taking into consideration this circumstance the Armenian side must not tense the relations with it but develop in different directions. This work is very important,” Sargsyan told Aysor.am.

 

Armenian MFA comments on reaction of US over deployment of Armenian humanitarian mission in Syria Armenian MFA comments on reaction of US over deployment of Armenian humanitarian mission in Syria
/Feb 13/News.am/

YEREVAN – Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia Anna Naghdalyan has commented on the reaction of the U.S. Department of State over deployment of Armenian humanitarian mission in Syria.

“We have acknowledged the US State Department’s statement on the deployment of the Armenian Humanitarian Mission in Syria. It’s a long time Armenia and the USA make joint efforts to respond to the humanitarian disaster in Syria that is accompanied by a major crisis of refugees and deported people.

We reiterate that during the entire process of the Syrian conflict the world-spread Armenian people followed the fates of the civilian people, minorities, including the Armenian community in Syria with great concern. The Armenian public opinion displayed deep concern and compassion towards the sufferings of the civilian people and the demolition of the country. This is a country that had a key contribution to the survival of the Armenian people who escaped the genocide. General Consul of Armenia in Aleppo worked non-stop during the entire Syrian crisis.  Armenia has granted asylum to over 22 thousand Syrian refugees and has provided 4 air cargos of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people. Following the establishment of relative tranquillity and security Armenia plans to continue its humanitarian mission, including by providing doctors and specialists for humanitarian demining aimed at supporting the improvement of the living conditions of the war-suffered civilian population of Aleppo. The Armenian mission has exclusively humanitarian nature, is guided by the international humanitarian law and will coordinate its activities with the institutions and international partners offering humanitarian aid on site.

We share the concerns of the international community about the situation of the ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East and highlight the continuity of humanitarian aid provided to Syria,” Naghdalyan noted.

Armenia president meets US vice president Joe
/Feb 17/News.am/

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian had a short meeting with former U.S. vice president Joe Biden.

The conversation took place in the hotel where the participants of the Munich Security Conference are holding meetings.


Armenia president invites Nancy Pelosi to visit Armenia Armenia president invites Nancy Pelosi to visit Armenia
/Feb 17/News.am/

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian invited speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to visit Armenia.

They talked about the Armenian community, Armenia-U.S. relations, Sarksissian wrote on Instagram.

The Armenian president is on a working visit to Germany to participate in the Munich Security Conference.


Սորոսի հիմնադրամից տարիներ շարունակ գրանտեր ստացող անձը նշականվել է սոցապ փոխնախարար
/Feb 19/Verelq.am/

Վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի որոշմամբ ՀՀ աշխատանքի և սոցիալական հարցերի նախարարի առաջին տեղակալ է նշանակվել Գեմաֆին Գասպարյանը։ Տեղեկությունը ֆեյսբուքյան իր էջում հայտնել է նախարար Զարուհի Բաթոյանը:

Գեմաֆին Գասպարյանը 2001-2005 թթ․ սովորել է Հայաստանի պետական ճարտարագիտական համալսարանում (Քոմփյութերային համակարգեր և ցանցեր): 2007-2009 թթ․ գերազանցությամբ ավարտել է ՀՀ գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիայի Գիտակրթական միջազգային կենտրոնը (կառավարման մագիստրոս):

2009-2010 թվականներին աշխատել է ՀՀ էկոնոմիկայի նախարարությունում որպես կառավարման փորձագետ, այնուհետ (մինչև 2013 թվականը) նաև վերապատրաստման և զարգացման թիմի ղեկավար։

2013-2019 թթ. հիմնադրել է և ղեկավարել «Բուն» գիտամշակութային հիմնադրամը, որի ներքո մինչ օրս էլ գործում են «Բուն TV» գիտամասնագիտական առցանց ալիքը, «Բունուս» վիրտուալ կրթական հարթակը, ինչպես նաև «Դետեկտոր» վերլուծական կայքը։ Ռազմավարական պլանավորման, ֆինանսական հոսքերի կառավարման և առևտրային գործառնությունների փորձագետ է։ Անկուսակցական է։

Նշենք, որ Գեմաֆին Գասպարյանի հիմնադրած և ղեկավարեած «Բուն» գիտամշակութային հիմնադրամը տարիներ շարունակ մեծ դրամաշնորհներ է ստացել Բաց հասարակության հիմնադրամներ-Հայաստան (Սորոսի) հիմնադրամից։

 

Relations With Oher Countries

Armenia- trade turnover rises by 17.3%
/Feb 13/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas and Armenian Ambassador to Belarus Armen Gevondyan discussed topical issues of cooperation at the bilateral level and in the integration unions, ARMENPRESS reports, citing BelTA quoting the website of the Belarusian government.

In 2018 Belarus-Armenia trade totaled $50.1 million, up by 17.3% against 2017. Exports amounted to $37.4 million, imports came at $12.7 million.

In Armenia there is a distribution network of more than 80 Belarusian enterprises. There are three enterprises with participation of Belarusian capital: Armenian-Belarusian trading house AR-Be, BelAZ Kavkaz Trans Service and BelAr trading house.


Armenian President, member of Managing Board of “Siemens” outline cooperation directions in AI development
/Feb 16/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian met with Roland Busch, member of Managing Board of “Siemens”, in Munich on February 15 in the sidelines of his working visit to Germany.

As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the Armenian President’s Office, during the meeting the sides discussed cooperation issues.  President Sarkissian and Roland Busch particularly referred to the prospects of cooperation in the sphere of development of artificial intelligence, outlining the possible directions for the cooperation.

“There are great potentials in the spheres of the development of artificial intelligence and mathematical knowhow. These are the spheres where we can think of doing more. The world has great demand for specialists in artificial intelligence and this is a good opportunity”, Roland Busch said, who will visit Armenia in the near future at the invitation of the Armenian President.

At the end of the meeting Armen Sarkissian said, “We had a great meeting and are optimistic over the future of the possible cooperation”.

Martirosyan also visited the construction site of a new residential district in Askeran, where three apartment buildings will be built this year. The apartments will be used for both donations and 1% mortgage crediting.

He also visited a new station of the local firefighting department that is under development.

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