WASHINGTON—Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan met with Vice-President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday to discuss US-Armenia relations.
As part of his visit to the US, the Prime Minister was in Washington for meetings. During the White House sit down the two parties discussed current reform programs proposed by the Armenian government.
Later that day, Sargsyan met with Chief Executive of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Daniel Yohannes to discuss Armenia’s future involvement with the program.
On December 13, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan called at the White House as part of his working visit to the United States where he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss prospects of U.S. – Armenian relations. The parties took the opportunity to refer to the reform program of the Armenian government.
Later today, Tigran Sargsyan met with Millennium Challenge Corporation Program Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yohannes to discuss the possibility of Armenia’s future involvement in the program.
The Prime Minister-led government delegation will be back to Yerevan on December 14.
Armenia is currently not eligible for receiving additional U.S. economic assistance under the Millennium Challenge Account, a program designed to reward good governance and reforms around the world.
The U.S. government approved $236 million worth of MCA assistance to Armenia in 2006 to finance a rural development plan submitted by Yerevan. In June 2008, Washington scrapped a $67 million segment of the aid package, which envisaged the reconstruction of hundreds of kilometers of rural roads, citing Armenia’s shortcomings in meeting MCC markers related to socio-economic reforms.