U.S.-Armenia Task Force Joint Statement

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
October 7, 2016

On October 7, 2016, senior U.S. and Armenian government officials convened in Washington, DC for the 24th meeting of the U.S.-Armenian Joint Taskforce (USATF). The USATF is an annual bilateral forum to advance strategic cooperation on a broad range of issues. These high-level talks support joint efforts to increase trade and investment between our two countries.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink, Assistance Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia Alina Romanowski, and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz co-chaired the discussions for the United States. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State John Heffern and U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard Mills, Jr. also represented the U.S. side. His Excellency Vache Gabrielyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms, led an Armenian delegation that included Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Ashot Hovakimian, of Economy, Garegin Melkonian, of Energy and Natural Resources, Hayk Harutyunyan, of Agriculture, Armen Harutyunyan, as well as Ambassador of Armenia to the U.S. Grigor Hovhannisian.

Discussions included Armenia’s preparations to join the Extractive Industries and Transparency Initiative, civil aviation reform, cooperation in the energy sector, and anti-corruption efforts. The sides also exchanged ideas regarding cooperation in Armenia’s agricultural sphere and protection of the environment. The United States and Armenia also exchanged views on ways to increase bilateral trade and investment. Both sides discussed the opportunities for the expansion of the USATF framework, and agreed to meet in 2017 to review progress on these efforts.