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