BUSH: ARMENIA AND US TIED OWING TO EXCLUSIVE HISTORY

Pan Armenian News
31.05.2005 04:02

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Armenian Ambassador to the US Tatul Margarian
presented credentials to US President George W. Bush. In the course
of the ceremony the traditional exchange of views over the current
state and prospects of the Armenian-American relations took place. In
his speech the Armenian Ambassador appreciated the present level of
the bilateral relations, noting that the common interests of the two
countries underlie this. Having thanked for the assistance since the
independence T. Margarian noted the importance of the Armenian-American
political, military, commercial and economic cooperation. President
Bush appreciated the friendship between the US and Armenia,
noting the two countries are tied owing to an exclusive history.
"After Armenia becoming independent in 1991 we jointly worked to form
democratic institutions and economy for Armenia to be able to rebuild
and eliminate the consequences of the earthquake in 1988, collapse
of the USSR and the destructive war in Azerbaijan over the Nagorno
Karabakh issue," the Bush message says. It was also mentioned that
within the past 15 years Armenia has made much progress and was thus
included in the Millenium Challenges Account. "I highly appreciate
Armenia's contribution to the fight against international terrorism,
as well as the sending of forces to Iraq for establishment of stability
and democracy in the country," Bush said. The White House head again
confirmed the readiness of the US to promote settlement of the Karabakh
conflict and normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations, Regnum
news agency reported.