By Alexander Tagvoryan
YEREVAN, September 22 – Yesterday world leaders congratulated the Republic of Armenia on its Independence Day.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of the first heads of state to congratulate the republic. “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Armenia as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 21,” Clinton said.
“I experienced the hospitality of the Armenian people first hand when I visited Yerevan earlier this year. I was honored to spend the Fourth of July – our national independence day – in Armenia, and I am proud to commemorate Armenia’s rich culture and many achievements on your independence celebration,” she said.
US President Barack Obama also congratulated the Armenians and said, “The United States is proud of the historic ties and friendship between our countries and honored by the many contributions Americans of Armenian ancestry have made to our nation.”
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev also sent a message with congratulations to the Armenians. “Our citizens take pride in glorious pages of our common history, common achievements and victories,” read the message.
According to Medvedev, Armenia and Russia “build a strategic partnership on the basis of mutual trust and cooperation, conduct active political dialogue, and coordinate their steps on regional and international arenas.”
Medvedev also added that Armenia and Russia made many serious decisions in promoting their joint projects in the fields of economy and innovative industries.
Even Turkish President Abdullah Gul joined in the congratulatory remarks and purportedly sent a letter to Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, in which he congratulated him and the Armenian people on their day of independence.
On September 21, 1991, the overwhelming majority of Armenians voted for secession from the Soviet Union, which was crumbling in its final days. The first president of the Republic of Armenia was Levon Ter-Petrossian.