By Haykaram Nahapetyan
TOPEKA, Kansas – Armenia’s Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan is visiting the US and on March 27 he and his military delegation visited Topeka, Kansas.
The National Guard of Kansas has been engaged in the State Partnership Program (SPP) with Armenia since 2003. The SPP aims at assisting former USSR and Eastern European countries to develop defense forces and maintain their security.
Governor of Kansas Laura Kelly and US Major-General Lee Tafanelli met the Armenian delegation. General Tafanelli presented the military cooperation programs and Minister Tonoyan expressed gratitude to the governor for the high level of interaction with the National Guard. Possible other non-military perspectives for cooperation between the State of Kansas and Armenia were discussed.
During the meeting, Minister Tonoyan handed over to Governor Kelly historic materials presenting the humanitarian missions that the US had implemented linked to Armenia and the Armenian people for nearly a century. The historic file was prepared by the Armenian Assembly of America.
As defense ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote on his Facebook page, Governor Kelly signed a declaration proclaiming the 27th of March 2019 ”the day of cooperation of Armenia and the State of Kansas.”