Pentagon’s Laura Cooper Praises U.S – Armenia Military Cooperation

A Senior U.S Department of Defense official praised the “selfless contributions of the Armenian armed forces to international operations and peacekeeping missions,” highlighting Armenia’s commitment to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and recognizing Armenia as a top-five non-NATO contributor to NATO’s Kosovo force.

Speaking at the Armenian Embassy’s January 29th celebration of Armenian Army Day, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Laura K. Cooper also shared the Pentagon’s pride in Armenia’s 15 year “enduring” partnership with the Kansas National Guard, a joint undertaking that has materially increased Armenia’s NATO interoperability. She closed her remarks by expressing her interest in visiting Armenia and exploring ways to deepen U.S-Armenia defense ties, support a free and prosperous Armenia, and work cooperatively to advance regional and global security.

Speaking on behalf of the Armenian government, Armenian Ambassador to the US, Varuzhan Nersesyan underscored the value that Armenia attaches to the continued evolution of bilateral U.S-Armenia defense cooperation. In his remarks, Colonel Arman Mkrtchyan, Armenia’s Defense Attache in Washington, DC, reviewed the full array of international peacekeeping and other regional and international security operations undertaken by the Armenian military. A large delegation from the Kansas National Guard traveled from Kansas to take part in the celebration, as did defense attaches and other military officials from dozens of Washington, DC based embassies.

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