For Immediate Release ~ December 10, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the Honorable John A. Heffern, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia visited the Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region office as part of his continuing visit to the Armenian-American Diaspora communities. The Ambassador was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Libby Heffern and Mr. Jeff Paretchan, Public Private Alliance Specialist at USAID Armenia.
Ambassador Heffern (l) and Ara Aghishian, Esq.
Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region Chairman Ara Aghishian, Esq. and Board members welcomed the Ambassador. During the meeting, the Ambassador was briefed about Armenia Fund’s past projects, including the recently completed ones, as well as future plans. The Ambassador also took time to discuss U.S.-Armenia relations, issues of importance to the Armenian-American community, as well as presented members with the works of the U.S. Embassy.

“My wife and I are on our first annual Diaspora tour to meet with key groups from the Diaspora community on U.S.-Armenia cooperation. Our goal is to deepen the partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Armenian Diaspora community to help Armenia succeed,” stated Ambassador Heffern.

“I would like to thank Ambassador Heffern and his wife Libby for their visit to the Armenia Fund office and most importantly for the Ambassador’s efforts for a stronger U.S.-Armenia relationship,” stated Aghishian.