YEREVAN (ARKA)—The Armenian community of the United States is a great resource for strengthening ties between the two countries, U.S. ambassador to Armenia, Richard Mills, said today during a swearing-in ceremony of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia.
Mills described the ceremony as a “happy” event, saying that 39 new members of the Peace Corps with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, aged 21 to 76, would take the oath to become volunteers of the organization in Armenia.
During the ceremony, the new volunteers demonstrated their language skills by performing an Armenian song and sharing their thoughts with speeches given in Armenian.
According to Mills, in many ways, the volunteers are the true ambassadors of the U.S. to Armenia; they live in Armenian families, Armenian communities and villages, and teach Armenian students English.
Mills also said that the U.S. highly appreciates the contributions of Armenians in American culture, business, economy and other areas.
He said that the relationship between the U.S. and Armenia is not limited to relations with Armenians living in America. “We share the same values with Armenia, we follow the same purpose and direction,” Mills said.
The Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Since then, more than 200,000 volunteers have served in more than 100 countries. From 1992 to date, more than 750 volunteers have been deployed to Armenia.