Deputy Commander of US European Command Visits Yerevan

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Gen. Charles F. Wald–US European Command Deputy (USEUCOM) Commander–arrived in Armenia on March 30 to discuss developing US-Armenia military ties.

During his meeting with President Robert Kocharian–General Wald discussed US-Armenia military technical cooperation–as well as developmen’s in the Karabagh conflict regulation.

Gen. Wald noted the importance for both for the US and Europe to ensure stability and peace in the region.

While in Yerevan–General Wald and his staff will also meet with Defense Minister Serge Sargsian and members of the Armenian military leadership.

USEUCOM–based in Stuttgart–Germany–is responsible for all US forces operating across 91 countries in Europe–Africa–Russia–parts of Asia–and the Middle East–as well as most of the Atlantic Ocean. General Wald became Deputy Commander of the United States European Command on Dec 2–2002.

Meanwhile–the periodic session of the NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council’s Atlantic Policy Advisory Group will take place in Yerevan–March 31-April 1–with the participation of 65 representatives from NATO’s 38 member and partner countries. They will discuss security issues in the Euro-Atlantic region.

The deputy of the NATO Secretary General on political relations and security policy issues–Gnter Altenburg–will chair the session. He will also meet with President Kocharian–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–and Defense Minister Sargsian.

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