July 4, 2019 - 15:13 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and President Armen Sarkissian have sent congratulatory messages to U.S. President Donald Trump on Independence Day of the United States of America.
"The proclamation of the independence of the United States greatly influenced the further course of world history, becoming a source of inspiration for many nations in quest of freedom and independence. We are proud that the Armenian community of America has made a contribution of its own to the development and prosperity of the United States and serves as a powerful bridge between our two nations," Pashinyan said.
"Unprecedented changes occurred in Armenia last year. Democracy was reinstated in our country. Restrictions on freedom of speech were eliminated. A new government was formed through free, fair and transparent elections. We are taking decisive steps to enforce the rule of law and build on our democratic achievements. Today’s priorities are the judicial reform and the fight against corruption.
"We highly appreciate the U.S. government’s financial and technical support provided to Armenia since independence. It has been instrumental in ensuring the development of our country. The support of the United States today will allow for smooth and faster reforms and make democracy irreversible in Armenia.
"I attach great importance to the role played by the United States in the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. I hope we can achieve a peaceful settlement through joint efforts to the benefit of regional stability and security."
Sarkissian said Armenia prioritizes its friendship with the United States, the multifaceted cooperation in different spheres and is ready to make more effort to further deepen and expand them.