YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — President Serzh Sargsyan on November 9 congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential election, expressing confidence that US-Armenian relations “will continue to develop dynamically” during his tenure.
“The American people have enthusiastically voted in support of your outstanding leadership qualities, your experience and vision, thus entrusting you with the honorable responsibility to lead the nation,” Sargsyan said in a telegram made public by his office. “I have no doubt that under your able leadership the United States will achieve further progress and advancement in the years to come.”
“I am confident that during your presidency the close US-Armenia partnership will continue to develop dynamically – expanding and reaching new heights in different areas,” he wrote.
Throughout his rule, Sargsyan has sought closer ties with the United States despite Armenia’s political and military alliance with Russia. He has repeatedly said in recent years that US-Armenian relations have reached the “highest level in their history.”
“We will continue to work together to help Armenia realize its full potential,” President Barack Obama said in a September 21 letter to Sargsyan.
As Americans went to the polls on November 8 the US Ambassador in Yerevan Richard Mills said US foreign policy is unlikely to undergo fundamental changes regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. “The US government will remain committed to our friends around the world and certainly to our friend Armenia,” he said.