US Under Secretary of State to Visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan
YEREVAN, JUNE 11, ARMENPRESS. Assistant Secretary for the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried will travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia June 14-19 to underscore the United States’ commitment to peace, democracy, and prosperity in the South Caucasus region. On the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the three countries, Assistant Secretary Donfried will emphasize U.S. support for their sovereignty and independence, stressing the right of Azerbaijan, Georgia and of Armenia to chart their own course. It will also underscore the willingness of the United States to help build lasting peace in the South Caucasus, including supporting the development of political, economic and people-to-people relations throughout the region, ARMENPRESS informed the press service. of the US State Department.
Dr. Donfried will travel to Baku, Azerbaijan on June 15-16, where she will meet President Ilham Aliyev, other government officials and members of civil society. Deputy Secretary to Highlight U.S. Support for Azerbaijani-Armenian Diplomatic Efforts toward Sustainable Peace, Thank Azerbaijan for Humanitarian Support to Ukraine, and Highlight Partnership in Promoting European Energy Security , countering transnational threats, supporting fundamental freedoms and promoting bilateral trade. and investment.
On June 17, Deputy Secretary Donfried will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, where she will deliver a speech at the Tbilisi International Women’s Conference hosted by President Salome Zurabishvili. Dr Donfried will also meet Prime Minister Garibashvili and other government officials, opposition representatives and civil society representatives in Tbilisi to discuss the Kremlin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine and the unwavering support of states United to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. The Assistant Secretary will also discuss how the United States can further support Georgia in promoting democratic development and the rule of law, diversifying Georgia’s economy, and building a prosperous future.
Deputy Secretary Donfried will then travel to Yerevan, Armenia on June 18, where she will meet with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and other government officials. The Deputy Secretary will express U.S. support for diplomatic efforts between Armenia and Azerbaijan toward a lasting peace. It will underscore our strong partnership, based on shared values, and our mutual commitment to Armenia’s democratic development.