Remarks With Armenian Foreign Minister H.E. Edward Nalbandian After Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York City
September 28, 2009

Date: 09/28/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton meets with Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandian at the Waldorf-Astoria.  © State Dept ImageFOREIGN MINISTER NALBANDIAN: (Inaudible.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with the foreign minister. He and I have talked on the phone. I have watched his very diligent and effective efforts over the last months that I’ve had the privilege of being the Secretary of State. And I want to reiterate our very strong support for the normalization process that is going on between Armenia and Turkey, which we have long said should take place without preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe.

We will continue to work closely with the foreign minister and, of course, with his president and the Government of Armenia. And we also are very committed to the democratic development of Armenia. We want to be a partner and a friend in increasing prosperity and economic development as well. So this is a comprehensive relationship. We are very focused on this challenge of normalization which Armenia has demonstrated great commitment to, yet our relationship is much broader and much deeper in addition to that.

FOREIGN MINISTER NALBANDIAN: Thank you, Madame Secretary. It’s my pleasure to meet again in the United States and to meet with you, Madame Secretary, and this is a good opportunity to discuss a wide range of the issues on our bilateral agenda and international issues and specifically in our region, Turkish-Armenian normalization (inaudible).


FOREIGN MINISTER NALBANDIAN: Thank you very much for this (inaudible).

PRN: 2009/T12-32