U.S. Chief of Protocol Bids Farewell to Ambassador Sargsyan

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By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor

On January 27, U.S. Chief of Protocol Ambassador Peter Selfridge
bid farewell to outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan
on behalf of the Government of the United States at the Department of State.
Armenian Assembly of America Board Member Annie Totah and Executive Director
Bryan Ardouny
joined the gathering for Ambassador Sargsyan and his family to
say their final goodbye.

U.S. Chief of Protocol Ambassador Selfridge and Principal
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador John Heffern made short farewell
remarks about Ambassador Sargysan’s time in the U.S. Afterwards, Ambassador
Sargsyan spoke about the recent progress and achievements in U.S.-Armenia
relations, underscoring the commitment of the government of Armenia to
strengthening bilateral relations and friendly partnership with the United
States. “We share the same values, stand for the same principles and work
towards achieving similar objectives,” Ambassador Sargysan said.

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The event was attended by Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bridget Brink, former U.S. Ambassadors to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch and John
Evans, the Department of State staff, members of the diplomatic corps, the
Armenian Assembly of America, and other representatives of various Armenian
American organizations.

Ambassador Sargsyan will be succeeded by Ambassador Grigor
Hovhannisyan
as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
Republic of Armenia to the United States of America.

Photo Caption 1: U.S. Chief of Protocol Ambassador Peter Selfridge and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador John Heffern bid farewell to Ambassador Sargsyan and his family.

Photo Caption 2: Armenian Assembly of America Board Member
Annie Totah standing with Ambassador Tigran Sargsyan and his family.

Obama Nominates New Ambassador to Armenia

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Peter Kechichian

AAANews Blog

July 11, 2014

The Obama Administration has announced Richard M. Mills, Jr. as the nominee for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia.

In a statement released yesterday Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will replace the current ambassador in Yerevan, John Heffern, who has held the position since 2011. Mills’ nomination will first be considered in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Chairman Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). A date has not yet been announced for the Senate confirmation hearings.

A career diplomat, Richard M. Mills, Jr., has held numerous diplomatic positions. Currently, he is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

He has also had diplomatic experience with Armenia in the past. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he was the desk officer at the State Department for the newly independent Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Mills has also held positions in Malta, Paris, St. Petersburg and Dublin among others.

He is a graduate of GeorgetownUniversity’s School of Foreign Service. He also holds a law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law as well as a Masters Degree in International Security Affairs from the National Defense University.