Armenian FM meets senior Pentagon official

On October 6, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a meeting with Anne Witkowsky, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Welcoming the guest, Minister Nalbandian expressed satisfaction with the development of the Armenian-US partnership in different fields, including defense and security. The Foreign Minister of Armenia praised the continuous support of the United States to the development of Armenia’s peacekeeping capacities.

Expressing gratitude for the reception, Anne Witkowsky mentioned that the United States highly appreciates the partnership with Armenia, the cooperation in the field of defense, and Armenia’s significant contribution in peacekeeping operations. The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense expressed gratitude that upon the invitation of the US President Barack Obama, Serzh Sargsyan, the President of Armenia, participated in the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping held in New York.

Anne Witkowsky attached importance to the organization of the “Challenges Annual Forum 2015”, which became a good platform for the discussion of various issues. The interlocutors exchanged views on the Armenia-NATO cooperation.

The Foreign Minister of Armenia introduced the efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs aimed at the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS