Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged a “further strengthening” of diplomatic ties between the US and Armenia, as the bilateral strategic dialogue between the two countries began on Monday.
Blinken hosted Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan at the State Department for a meeting in which the two nations signed an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation, which the State Department said “improves our cooperation on energy security and strengthens our diplomatic and economic relationship.”
The department said in a separate statement that the agreement is aimed at helping Armenia diversify its energy supplies.
Blinken and Mirzoyan further “discussed Armenia’s progress in implementing democratic, rule of law, and anti-corruption reforms,” spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
“They also discussed the ongoing dialogue between Armenia and its neighbors,” he said.
“Secretary Blinken thanked the Foreign Minister for the flexibility Armenia has shown and encouraged further direct talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, underscoring the U.S. commitment to help Armenia and Azerbaijan find sustainable peace and prosperity, including in our capacity as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair,” he added.
Armenia and Turkiye are set to hold the next round of ministerial-level normalization talks on May 3.