AAA: Assembly Congratulates President Bush

Armenian Assembly of America
122 C Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-3434
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November 5, 2004
CONTACT: Christine Kojoian
E-mail: [email protected]

RE: Armenian Assembly Congratulates President Bush

The Armenian Assembly of America congratulated President George W. Bush
yesterday on his election victory. Board of Trustees Chairman Hirair
Hovnanian and Board of Directors Chairman Anthony Barsamian, in a letter to
President Bush, said the Assembly is committed to working with the
Administration to continue strengthening the U.S. relationships with Armenia
and Nagorno Karabakh.

The complete text of the Assembly letter to President Bush is below.

The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide
organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian
issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.



November 4, 2004

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Armenian Assembly of America, we congratulate you on your
re-election as President of the United States. Our organization looks
forward to working with your Administration in the years ahead to promote
the United States’ objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity in
the South Caucasus.

Despite many obstacles, Armenia continues to make important strides-from
ongoing democratic and economic reforms, to its accession into the World
Trade Organization. In fact, this year, despite the dual blockades by
Turkey and Azerbaijan, Armenia was ranked 44th out of 165 on the Wall Street
Journal/Heritage Foundation’s Economic Index of Freedom. Notwithstanding
Armenia’s economic progress, maintaining significant U.S. technical and
developmental assistance continues to be an essential component of its
performance. This was confirmed earlier this year by Armenia’s
certification as a Millennium Challenge Account qualifier based on positive
reviews by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Armenians in both Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh look to the United States as
the leader of the Western world and a beacon of hope in defense of freedom
and democracy. To this end, Armenia has committed to an assessment of its
armed services as requested by the Pentagon and to deploying an Armenian
contingent to Iraq in its continuing efforts to deepen the security
dimension of our bilateral relations. As you stated two years ago, “Just as
the United States reached out to the Armenian people to provide shelter and
freedom early in the last century, so did Armenia extend a supportive hand
to the American people in the immediate aftermath of September 11. Our two
peoples stand together in this fight in support of values that define
civilization itself.”

Again, congratulations on your re-election. Together with
Armenian-Americans nationwide, we look forward to working with you to ensure
that the U.S. relationship with Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh continues to
grow and that the enduring U.S. principles of justice, democracy and human
rights are upheld.


Hirair Hovnanian
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Anthony Barsamian
Chairman, Board of Directors

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress