YEREVAN, September 21. /ARKA/. The United States will continue taking steps for the release of the Armenian prisoners held in Azerbaijan, U.S. President Joe Biden said in a congratulatory message sent to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, marked on September 21.
Biden says in his message that the two nations are bonded by history, family, and friendship, including 1.5 million Armenian-Americans who contribute to the enrichment and strengthening of Armenia-US ties.
‘This year, we will mark 30 years of bilateral relations between our countries. We look forward to continuing to support the Armenian people on your democratic journey in the years ahead, including by supporting your efforts to strengthen your democratic institutions, advance human rights, combat corruption, and uphold the rule of law,” Biden says.
He says the Armenian people have faced challenges over the last year, including the tragic loss of life in the fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. ‘As we mourn with the people of Armenia, we will work hand in hand with your government, including through the OSCE Minsk Group and other regional formats, to promote regional stability and conflict resolution. The United States will continue to advocate for the release of all Armenian detainees held in Azerbaijan.’
‘Finally, we intend to continue our cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, for which the United States provided Armenia with more than $14.2 million. We will continue to work together to restore the global economy with the participation of all parties. Please accept my best wishes to the Armenian people on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of independence,” the message says. -0-