Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

Foreign Ministry Welcomes Congressman Pallone’s Call for Direct US-Artsakh Ties

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YEREVAN (Panorama.am) — Spokesperson of the Artsakh Foreign Ministry Ani Sargsyan has commented on the statement made by Rep. Frank Pallone on June 13 in the US Congress on the need to lift the ban for US officials to visit Artsakh.

“We highly appreciate the consistent efforts of US Congressman Frank Pallone aimed at establishing direct ties between Artsakh and the United States, which, we believe, will become a signal that the isolation of Artsakh is unacceptable,” she said in comments to Aparaj Agency published by the Artsakh Foreign Ministry.

“We are convinced that the dialogue between Artsakh and the United States, as well as the other two OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states through direct official contacts at various levels will create favorable conditions for comprehensive discussions and for finding ways for the final settlement of the Azerbaijan-Karabakh conflict and become an important contribution to the establishment of stability in the South Caucasus,” the Artsakh official said.

Last week Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) took to the US House floor Wednesday for a colloquy with House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) in support of his legislative efforts — via the US-Artsakh Travel and Communication Resolution (H.Res.190) — to end arbitrary and outdated State Department restrictions on US engagement with Artsakh.

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