U.S. Relations With Armenia

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Fact Sheet
November 1, 2018


More information about Armenia is available on the Armenia Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-ARMENIA RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Armenia in 1992, following Armenia’s independence from the Soviet Union. The United States is committed to helping Armenia strengthen democratic institutions and foster sustainable economic growth. The United States supports efforts to peacefully resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the OSCE Minsk Group process and promote regional stability, peace, and prosperity.

U.S. Assistance to Armenia

U.S. government assistance to Armenia supports efforts to strengthen Armenia’s ties to Western institutions, integrate the country into the regional economy, diversify trade, and build resilience against external pressures. U.S. assistance supports Armenian government efforts to develop democratic institutions and create an environment for sustainable economic development, particularly in light of the peaceful transition of power in spring 2018.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States and Armenia have a number of agreements affecting trade and investment, including a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), an Agreement on Trade Relations, an Investment Incentive Agreement, and a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The two governments convene the U.S.-Armenia Joint Task Force (USATF) to discuss mutual areas of cooperation. Armenia's law on foreign investment governs all direct investments in Armenia, including those from the United States. U.S. investment in Armenia has included energy, information technology, agriculture, tourism, carpet and furniture production, construction, beverage bottling, jewelry and textile production, and mining. Armenia has been designated as a beneficiary country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, under which a range of products that Armenia might seek to export are eligible for duty-free entry to the United States. The GSP program provides an incentive for investors to produce in Armenia and export selected products duty-free to the U.S. market.

Armenia's Membership in International Organizations

Armenia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Armenia also is an observer to the Organization of American States and a participant in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Partnership for Peace program.

Bilateral Representation

Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Armenia maintains an embassy in the United States at 2225 R Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008; tel: 202-319-1976.

More information about Armenia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Armenia Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Armenia Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Armenia Page
History of U.S. Relations With Armenia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Armenia
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel Information