IP- In a joint statement following an Armenia-US Strategic Dialogue Capstone meeting, Armenia and the United States have committed to furthering security cooperation. The statement outlines Washington's support for reforms in Armenia's defense industry and law enforcement system.

Participants in the Capstone meeting recognized the pivotal role of US assistance in Armenia's defense transformation and law enforcement development initiatives, which the United States intends to continue supporting through advisory programs, military-to-military contact activities, professional military education opportunities via International Military Education and Training program, and the longstanding State Partnership Program with the Kansas National Guard.

The statement also announced an agreement to elevate the status of their bilateral dialogue to a Strategic Partnership Commission. Additionally, the US pledged to advance Armenia’s energy independence.

The meeting, which took place in Yerevan on Tuesday, was attended by US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O'Brien and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan. 204