PRESS RELEASE
June 30, 2004
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
2225 R Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tel: 202-319-1976, x. 348; Fax: 202-319-2982
Email: [email protected] ;Web: www.armeniaemb.org

New USAID Country Director for Armenia Sworn-in, Congratulated by Amb.
Kirakossian

The new US Agency for International Development Country Director for
Armenia, Robin Phillips, was sworn in on June 29, 2004, in a ceremony
attended by USAID Assistant Administrator Kent Hill, the newly-confirmed
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John M. Evans, Armenian Ambassador to the U.S.,
Dr. Arman Kirakossian, and representatives of the Armenian American
organizations. Director Phillips, who holds advanced degrees in Economics,
Political Studies, and Asian Studies, has held several important positions
at the USAID, most recently serving as Director, Office of Eurasian Affairs,
Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.

Congratulating Mr. Phillips and wishing him success in his new job,
Ambassador Kirakossian referred to century-long U.S. commitment to Armenia,
adding that the newly independent Armenia was proud to be a partner with the
U.S. on such global issues as combating international terrorism and
non-proliferation. He said that the Government of Armenia valued and
appreciated its cooperation with the USAID, other U.S. government agencies
within the framework of U.S. assistance programs. Ambassador Kirakossian
noted that "we may speak different languages, but our nations share similar
values and the same respect for democratic principles, human rights, and the
rule of law."