YEREVAN (Armenpress)-Armenia’s authorities have been asked by the United States to give their consent to Washington’s nomination of a new ambassador to Yerevan, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tigran Balayan said on Tuesday.
Balayan declined to reveal the name of the new ambassador. He said the US Senate will be asked to endorse the nomination only after official Yerevan gives its consent.
Harut Sassounian, the publisher of the Los-Angeles-based California Courier, said that According to several Armenian and American reliable sources the Bush Administration has submitted to the Armenian government the name of Marie L. Yovanovitch as the next Ambassador to Armenia. He said she is currently serving as US Ambassador to the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.
After previous ambassador, John Evans was recalled for using the term Armenian Genocide the Bush administration nominated Richard Hoagland to replace Evans. But his nomination was blocked by Senator Robert Menendez in objection to Amb. Hoaglan’s denial of the Armenian Genocide during Senate confirmation hearings.