If these hats could talk. (Photos: primeminister.am/Gage Skidmore via Flickr)
Will a meeting between Armenia's newly elected prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and U.S. President Donald Trump help boost Washington-Yerevan ties?
That is the hope of Armenia's new leadership and the country's American advocates, who have launched an effort to get Pashinyan some one-on-one time with Trump.
Other than their signature baseball caps – Trump's “Make America Great Again,” and Pashinyan's “Dukhov” – and a penchant for self-promotion, there would seem little common ground between the two men. Pashinyan is a former opposition journalist who was brought to power on a wave of street protests; Trump generally prefers the company of strongmen like Russian President Vladimir Putin and – until recently – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Now advocates of closer U.S.-Armenia relations see an opening in Pashinyan's rise to power.
On July 30, 48 members of Congress sent a letter to Trump asking him to meet with Pashinyan while the latter is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly in September. The letter further called for greater contacts at the ministerial level.
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