Eshoo Statement on Congressional Delegation to Armenia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) traveled to Armenia on September 16th as part of a Congressional delegation to highlight the strength of the U.S.-Armenia relationship. The delegation was led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the Republic of Armenia. Eshoo and Rep. Jackie Speier are the only two Members of Congress of Armenian descent.
“It was an honor to visit the homeland of my ancestors to reaffirm the enduring commitment of the U.S. to Armenia’s democracy and security. Some three decades ago, Armenia was subject to the repressive rule of the Soviet Union. Today, Armenia is a vibrant democracy.
“As we celebrate Armenia’s democracy, we must also confront the challenges posed by Azerbaijan’s unprovoked aggression, including the deadly offensive they launched against Armenia on September 13th. In light of recent hostilities, the U.S. must stand with Armenia, assist with its needs and help to secure peace in the region, including the suspension of U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan.
“Our delegation is proud to have led the effort to recognize the Armenian Genocide by passing the resolution, ending 100 years of U.S. silence.”