Armenia’s defense minister meets top U.S. diplomat
October 18, 2004
October 16, 2004 Saturday 11:45 AM Eastern Time YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenia's defense minister met with a visiting U.S. diplomat Saturday to discuss prospects for military cooperation. Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian told U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Kennedy that Armenia values military ties with the United States and hopes to develop them. Kennedy, in turn, thanked the Armenian government for its readiness to send peacekeepers to Iraq. Armenian President Robert Kocharian pledged the troops during a visit to Poland last month, but the nation's prime minister said Friday that it was up to the Constitutional Court and parliament to make the final decision on sending some 50 troops.
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