Daniel Fried, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, visited Armenia on October 18 as part of regional travel that included stops in Georgia and Azerbaijan. Joining Assistant Secretary Fried’s delegation was U.S. Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and Eurasian Conflicts, Ambassador Steven Mann.
During these meetings, Ambassador Fried and Ambassador Mann discussed a number of issues, including U.S.-Armenian relations, democratic reforms in Armenia, U.S.-Armenian defense cooperation, U.S. Government Assistance programs in Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans hosted special roundtable meetings on the topics of “Constitutional Reform and Armenia’s Political Outlook” and “Preparing Civil Society for a Post-conflict reality.” Commenting on the visit, Ambassador Evans said, “The Assistant Secretary’s visit reinforces the high-level of interest that the U.S. Government has in helping build peace and prosperity in the South Caucasus. The visit comes at an opportune moment as Armenia prepares for an historic referendum on its constitution and begins planning now for free and fair elections in 2007 and 2008.”
This trip was Ambassador Fried’s first visit to Armenia since his appointment as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in May 2005.