WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden met on Thursday with President of Armenia Serzh Sarkisian on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit, White House reported.

In addition to bilateral relations, the sides discussed the regional situation in the South Caucasus, international problems and challenges. In this context, the sides exchanged views on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement within the OSCE Minsk Group process and developments in the Middle East.

“The Vice President stressed that the United States is committed to a democratic, prosperous, and secure Armenia at peace with its neighbors. The Vice President thanked President Sarkisian for welcoming more than 20,000 Syrian refugees. Addressing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Vice President expressed concern about continued violence, called for dialogue, and emphasized the importance of a comprehensive settlement for the long-term stability, security, and prosperity of the region”, the White House statement said.

President Sarkisian assessed current Armenian-American partnership as being on the highest level in the history through joint efforts, which is evidenced by the visits of different levels of recent years. The President praised the United States’ contribution to the economic development and implementation of reforms in various fields of Armenia.

Sarkisian stressed the importance of the US role in regional security and stability, especially the active involvement of the US in the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

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