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Top US diplomat mulls "positive momentum on peace talks" between Baku and Yerevan with Azerbaijani leader

11 May 2022 23:47 (UTC+04:00)
Top US diplomat mulls "positive momentum on peace talks" between Baku and Yerevan with Azerbaijani leader

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on May 11 discussed “how the United States can continue to support recent positive momentum on peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia”.

In a tweet, Antony Blinken said that “I spoke with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev today about how the United States can continue to support recent positive momentum on peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia”.

On the phone call, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken extended his congratulations on the 99th birthday anniversary of great leader Heydar Aliyev, and noted that U.S. State Department and U.S. ambassadors to the three South Caucasus nations had recently visited Azerbaijan and held fruitful discussions in Baku.

Antony Blinken expressed his support for the talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the potential conclusion of a peace agreement, voicing his hope that this would contribute to lasting peace in the region. He also stressed that the United States is ready to support the process of delimitation and demarcation of borders between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the opening of transport communications.

For his turn, President Ilham Aliyev said that Armenia had accepted the five principles presented by Azerbaijan for the normalization of the relations with Armenia and that Azerbaijan is ready to start negotiations on a peace agreement based on these principles.

Further, the president also noted that Azerbaijan has determined the composition of the national commission to begin the process of delimitation and demarcation as soon as possible, stressing the importance of opening transport and communication links.

The two men also touched upon issues related to the humanitarian agenda between Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as the energy security.

During the phone talk, the sides exchanged views on the opportunities for increasing dialogue between the two countries and the process of democratization in Azerbaijan, stressing the role of the intergovernmental commission in the development of bilateral relations.

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