YEREVAN—Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian sent on Wednesday a congratulatory letter to the newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Honorable Mr. Trump,
Please accept my warmest congratulations on your election as the President of the United States.
The American people have enthusiastically voted in support of your outstanding leadership qualities, your experience and vision, thus entrusting you with the honorable responsibility to lead the nation. I have no doubt, that under your able leadership the United States will achieve further progress and advancement in the years to come.
As the United States and Armenia prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, I seize this opportunity to express my gratitude for the substantial support extended by the United States over the last quarter of a century to help Armenia build democratic institutions and strengthen its economy.
In Armenia we highly value the important role played by the United States, in its capacity as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group, in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
I am confident that under your presidency, the Armenia-US close partnership would continue to develop dynamically – expanding and reaching new heights in diverse areas. I also believe that we can continue to count on the active engagement of the Armenian-American community – a strong bridge between our nations.
As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I would like to assure you and the people of the United States of our continued friendship and sympathy and wish you utmost success in leading your country and the American people to progress and prosperity.
Please accept, Honorable Mr. Trump, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
“The excellent partnership between the U.S. and Armenia…will stay strong regardless of who is elected the next president of the United States,” U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills stated on Wednesday after the U.S. Embassy’s Election Watch Party in Yerevan.
“The U.S. remains committed to our shared goal of an independent and prosperous Armenia at peace with its neighbors, and regardless of who the next president is, the U.S. government and the U.S. Embassy will remain steadfast partners and friends to Armenia, as we work together to ensure the democratic and prosperous future that the Armenian people deserve,” Mills said.
“Trump’s victory in elections in the U.S. may lead to changes in USA-Armenia relations and Washington’s stand on Karabakh issue,” Head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau’s Hai Tad and Political Affairs Office Giro Manoyan told ArmInfo’s correspondent.
“Speaking about possible shifts regarding Armenia, I first and foremost see possible warming in relations between the U.S. and Russia. I think that in overall, this will have positive impact on Armenia, providing our authorities with more opportunities of political maneuvering between Moscow and Washington,” he noted.
Manoyan also expressed concern related to possible warming in relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan. According to him, Trump’s interests in Azerbaijan and his ties with its leadership may lead to changes in Washington’s stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict.