US Interested in Strong Armenian Army Says DM

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s Defense Minister Serge Sarkisian–announced that $7 million in US military assistance would be provided to Armenia in the coming months–and that US-Armenian military cooperation is on its way to expanding.

Speaking at the joint press conference with US Ambassador to Armenia John Ordway–Sarkisian said he is confident that the US is interested in a strong and effective Armenian army to help in guarantee regional region and–if necessary–participate in overseas peacekeeping efforts.

Ordway said that present military cooperation is at a "perfect level," and suggested it would deepen and expand from year to year. Ordway explained that cooperation has specifically progressed during the last three years as a result of joint programs.

Ordway and Sarkisian were in the northern town of Talin for an opening ceremony of a local hospital that was repaired by way of US Department of Defense humanitarian assistance program.

Ordway explained that future US assistance would focus on providing communication means–implementing educational programs–and raising of the level of Armenia’s peacekeeping forces and mine-clearing centers. He also spoke of joint military exercises.

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