US Ambassador to Azerbaijan visits Nakhchivan

US Ambassador to Azerbaijan visits Nakhchivan
# 21 April 2011 15:37 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. Ambassador Matthew Bryza today concluded a two-day visit to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic that included meetings with officials, civil society representatives and a visit to Sadarak to see border-crossing improvements funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“Nakhchivan plays an important role in modern Azerbaijan,” said Ambassador Bryza, “and it was helpful to exchange views with Chairman Talibov, Nakhchivan State University Rector Habibbayli and civil society leaders and to gain a deeper understanding of the Autonomous Republic’s ancient history. We are collaborating with Nakhchivanis on a range of border security, democracy-strengthening, and education projects, including archaeology, and we seek to do more,” said the Ambassador.
It was Bryza’s first trip outside Baku as the US ambassador. “The Caucasus is home to many cultural treasures – representing the various creeds, traditions and values of this beautiful region,” said Bryza. “I have worked actively to protect Armenian churches in Tbilisi, as well as Azerbaijani mosques in Shusha and Aghdam. Preservation of these cultural and religious monuments is of immense human importance, which transcends all political, cultural and religious differences,” he added. In the framework of the visit, Matthew Bryza wanted to go to Julfa to see khachkars, but the visit failed.
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