Bob Dole
Bob Dole

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, 97, is working with Armenia to improve its diplomatic relations with the US ahead of strategic talks between the two nations slated for October.

His firm, Alston & Bird, will monitor current events relevant to US-Armenia relations and may conduct outreach to Congress and the Trump administration.

Dole, a special counsel at A&B, was president Jerry Ford’s VP running mate in 1976 and the Republican presidential nominee in 1996.

The US embassy in Armenia's capital of Yerevan advised US citizens to avoid travel to the eastern part of the country near the border with Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani forces killed an Armenian soldier on Sept. 16. Armenia’s Defense Ministry has ordered its troops to maintain high-combat readiness.