House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) landed in Armenia on Saturday for a congressional visit, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the country.
“Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Armenia is a powerful symbol of the United States’ firm commitment to a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Armenia, and a stable and secure Caucasus region,” Pelosi said in a press release.
The trip comes amid renewed clashes between Armenia and its neighbor, Azerbaijan. More than 150 soldiers were killed in a flare-up last week, before the two sides agreed to a cease-fire on Wednesday.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought over the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. In 2020, more than 6,700 people were killed during a six-week war between the countries.
Pelosi was joined by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on the trip. Speier and Pallone serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, and Speier and Eshoo are both Armenian American, Pelosi noted.
Pelosi’s office said in a statement Saturday that the speaker is poised to deliver an address to “reaffirm America’s strong support for the people of Armenia and for their security and democracy,” on Sunday.
The speech will be given at Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, Armenia.