Armenian Assembly of America called on US Congress to allocate $ 40 mln. assistance to Armenia

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The Armenian Assembly of America called on the US Congress to allocate $ 40 mln. assistance to Armenia for the new fiscal year, reports the press service of the AAA.

"Consistent and guaranteed assistance helps to address the consequences of the blockade set up by Turkey and Azerbaijan against Armenia," said the AAA Director Bryan Ardouny, addressing the members of the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives of the US Congress.

He pointed a number of priorities of the US Armenian community in the 2016 fiscal year, which are indicated in the report prepared by the Assembly, underlining that regardless of the blockade, Armenia often has to take serious steps in very difficult circumstances, and the country was ranked 52 out of 178 countries in the Index of Economic Freedom of the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation.

Earlier, the US President presented to Congress his strategy for the 2016 fiscal year, according to which it is planned to allocate $ 22.36 mln. to Armenia, which is by $ 2.34 mln less than last year.

The AAA also suggests allocating at least $ 5 mln. to Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as assisting the Christian minorities in the Middle East that are exposed to constant risk.

In addition, Ardouny asked the members of Congress to participate in the events dedicated to the100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915 was the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey has traditionally rejected the accusations of the mass extermination of about half a million Armenians during the First World War and has taken hard the criticism of the Western countries related to the Armenian Genocide.

The Armenian Genocide is recognized by many countries, including Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the Lower house of the Parliament of Italy, the majority of the US states, by the Parliaments of Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Belgium, Wales, the National Council of Switzerland, the House of Commons of Canada, the Polish Sejm.

Text and pictures by AMI NOVOSTI-ARMENIA