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July 4, 2014 Friday


Washington: HON. BRAD SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA IN THE HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, July 3, 2014

Washington

The Library of Congress, The Government of USA has issued the following Speech:

Mr. SHERMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the distinguished
service of His Excellency Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of
America.

His Excellency Dr. Markarian is completing his term as Ambassador to
the United States after nine years of service. Dr. Markarian has been
a crucial figure in fostering relations between Armenia and the United
States.

As Armenian Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Markarian has been
credited with creating closer ties with the United States by
coordinating visits between the two countries' government officials
and diplomats. He has been instrumental in securing increased
humanitarian assistance from the U.S. to both Armenia and Artsakh, two
struggling economies that are in great need of economic support. This
has been highlighted by Armenia becoming a competitive potential
candidate for Millennium Challenge Corporation funding, which aims to
reduce widespread poverty and strengthen infrastructure. Ambassador
Markarian has also been largely responsible for coordinating improved
bilateral talks between both countries, through the U.S.-Armenia
Economic Task Force and Strategic Dialogue.

Dr. Markarian has had a long career in public service. He served in
the Republic of Armenia's legislative and executive branches at a
crucial time, during the Republic's early years, first as assistant to
the Vice Chairman of the newly created Armenian parliament, then as an
advisor to the Vice President of Armenia and Chief of Staff to the
Prime Minister. During his tenure as Ambassador to the United States
he concurrently serves as the Ambassador to Mexico.

I commend his Excellency Dr. Markarian on his service and
accomplishments. His service has strengthened the relationship between
Armenia and America. I wish the best for him, his wife, and three sons
in their future endeavors.

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