On this first day of the New Year, I would like to thank the people of Armenia for their friendship and for the support they continue to give to the strong relationship between Armenia and the United States.
Today is a day to celebrate the many things that bring us together as nations, and to reflect on the many achievemen’s our two peoples have accomplished together since Armenia’s independence. It is also a day to look ahead to the hopes and challenges that the future holds.
As we look ahead to 2008, I would like to assure you that US assistance to Armenia, which has now reached nearly 2 billion dollars, will continue. The United States is committed to supporting Armenia as it works to both establish a strong democracy, and build a vibrant economy, that benefit all of Armenia’s people.
This year represents a particularly important opportunity for Armenia to demonstrate its commitment to democracy by holding a presidential election that meets international standards. The United States stands ready to support that important effort.
I would like to express today my deep appreciation for the extraordinary warmth and hospitality the Armenian people continue to show me and my colleagues at the American embassy, and the wider American community in Armenia. It is an honor for us to live and work in Armenia, a country that has achieved so much since it gained its independence, and which has unlimited potential to accomplish even more in the future.
I know Armenia’s have a saying about the New Year’s holiday: "Just as one spends New Year’s, so, too, will they spend the following year."
So on behalf of the American people and the entire embassy, I wish all of the Armenian people a very special New Year’s holiday spent with close friends and family, and every success in the promising year ahead. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you.