EU leaders, Blinken pledge continued support for Armenia amid regional tensions

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell listen to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Brussels, Belgium, Friday. [Johanna Geron/Reuters]

The United States and European Union will continue to support Armenia and ethnic Armenians from the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, leaders from both sides of the Atlantic pledged as they were meeting with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Friday.

Azerbaijan took control of the former breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in September 2023, prompting a mass exodus of its ethnic Armenian population.

"We're committed to further growing our support to Armenia's democratic and economic resilience", said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, adding Washington was backing the country's efforts for more food security, digital infrastructure and diversification of its energy sector.

"And we will continue to support the 100,000 ethnic Armenians displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh region. This is central to Armenia's long-term stability," Blinken added.


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