Armenia US Review Defense Cooperation

The fourth annual US-Armenia Bilateral Defense Consultations were held in Yerevan–Armenia–in order to review cooperation during the past year–and formulate a plan for cooperation in 2006.

The September 28-29 meetings covered a broad range of issues–including national security–defense reform–peacekeeping operations–military training–military education–and the military’s role in disaster response.

The US delegation–led by Mr. Scott Schless–Principal Director for Eurasia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense–met with Armenian Ministry of Defense officials. The Armenian delegation was led by General-Major Artur Aghabekyan–Deputy Minister of Defense. Both the Defense Minister of the Republic of Armenia–Serge Sargsian–and the US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans also attended. The Ambassador noted the "broadening and deepening" defense relationship between the two countries.

The site of the annual meeting alternates between the US and Armenia.

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