President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan is to hold meetings in Washington and Moscow this week. He’s expected to arrive in Washington on May 5.
According to media reports, the Armenian leader is set to have several meetings at the U.S. Senate and meet with the U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, tasked to mediate the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, James Warlick. He will also attend the Holocaust Museum and Library of Congress while in Washington.
Sargsyan is expected to address the Armenian-American organizations and members of the local Armenian community who play a vital role in making financial contributions to Armenia and important part in working with the U.S. legislators to address Armenian issues at the U.S. Congress, including the draft bills on the killings of Armenians in Anatolia in 1915 and issues pertaining to the Nagorno Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Turkish and Azerbaijani community organizations have repeatedly denounced the actions of the Armenian-American lobbying groups for misleading campaigns and jeopardizing the national interests of the United States.
During his three-day visit, President Sargsyan will attend a religious prayer at the National Temple of Washington and make a speech.
On May 8, President Sargsyan will be Moscow-bound to participate in the meetings of the Kremlin-led Eurasian Economic Council that Armenian joined in January this year. Head of the Armenian state will also participate in the grand celebrations of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany to be held on the Red Square in Moscow.
Neither President Barack Obama, nor any other high-ranking official from the U.S. administration are expected to meet President Sargsyan during his visit to Washington. In Moscow, Sargsyan will meet his closest ally in the region President Putin.