PASADENA–Congressman James E. Rogan (R-Calif.) announced Friday that he would visit the Republic of Armenia during the first week in September. Rogan represents Glendale–California and the surrounding communities in the House of Representatives. The community is home to the largest concentration of Armenian-Americans outside the Republic of Armenia. Rogan has represented California’s 27th Congressional District since 1996.
"It is one thing to know a city and to represent it in Congress–I have lived and worked in Glendale for nearly two decades. But the issues we face in Congress are often much larger than those we have faced at home. Such is the case of the Republic of Armenia," said Rogan.
"More than any other in America–the culture of our community is closely woven with Armenia. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union–the Republic of Armenia has emerged as a rapidly-developing democracy. The country is ripe with resources–people–agriculture–and a growing economy. In the coming years–Congress will work to develop strong relationships with the government of Armenia and the Armenian people. I look forward to building these relationships in person," added Rogan.
Rogan had previously met with the President of Armenia–Robert Kocharian–both in Washington and in California. He is tentatively scheduled to meet with the President–the Foreign Minister–Vardan Oskanian–and the US Ambassador to Armenia Michael Lemmon on or about September 2 or 3.
Furthermore–Rogan is hoping to include a trip to the Nagorno-Karabakh region.