March 25, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
tel. (202) 775-1918

ANCA Urges U.S. Embassy to Expand COVID-19 Assistance to Armenia

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Following please find a letter from Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Raffi Hamparian to U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy urging that the U.S. Embassy expand vital assistance to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, working in cooperation with Armenia’s Ministry of Health and in support of other public health stakeholders, such as the American University of Armenia’s Center for Health Services Research and social service organizations like the Armenian Relief Society.

Thousands of ANCA supporters from across the U.S. advocated tirelessly for expanded U.S. assistance to Armenia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The ANCA is working closely with key Congressional leaders to increase U.S. aid to Armenia and Artsakh, once again, as Congress begins drafting the FY2021 foreign aid measure, set to be unveiled in the coming months.

The full text of the ANCA letter is below and pdf here.

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ANCA Letter to U.S. Ambassador Lynne Tracy on Expanded COVID-19 Assistance

March 24, 2020

The Honorable Lynne Tracy
United States Ambassador
1 American Avenue
Yerevan 0082
Republic of Armenia

Dear Ambassador Tracy:

On behalf of the Armenian National Committee of America, please accept our thanks – during this time of crisis – for the work that you, our team at U.S. Embassy-Yerevan, and all U.S. Foreign Service Officers, USAID officials, and others are undertaking to keep America and the world safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

I write today to encourage you to ensure that needed U.S. foreign assistance resources are directed to help Armenia deal with this health emergency, in cooperation with Armenia’s Ministry of Health and in support of other public health stakeholders, such as the American University of Armenia’s Center for Health Services Research and social service organizations like the Armenian Relief Society. Funds appropriated by Congress can play a vital role at this crucial moment, as can U.S. technical assistance in public health reporting, data collection, and capacity building.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter, and for all you are doing to strengthen the enduring bonds that have long connected the American and Armenian peoples. We look forward to hearing from you on this urgent matter, and would welcome the opportunity to help share news of our Embassy’s work with our community, Congressional friends, and coalition partners.

Sincerely,

Raffi Haig Hamparian
Chair
ANCA National Headquarters

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