YEREVAN (Arka)—The United States government recently announced its decision to cut funding on a number of programs being implemented in a number of countries around the world, including some countries in Europe such as Armenia, the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills said Wednesday as he met with Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian.
Mills said that the decrease in funding was not related to the effectiveness of US programs in Armenia nor to US relations with Armenia, but rather budgetary constraints stemming from Washington. Abrahamian noted that projects implemented by the US government in Armenia have had a positive impact on the country and have been welcome by Armenians.
The prime minister thanked the U.S. government for its consistent support of Armenia.
Director of the USAID Mission in Armenia, Karen R. Hilliard, who was present at the meeting, said that programs aimed at improvement of small and medium sized enterprise management systems, development of democratic institutions, corruption control, as well as community projects, including social ones that are being carried out in border villages, will remain among top priorities for USAID. She said they will be continued.