Azerbaijani FM meets with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State-PHOTO

Azerbaijani FM meets with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State-PHOTO
# 20 April 2023 21:02 (UTC +04:00)

On April 20, 2023, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov has received US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Erika Olson, said the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, APA reports.

During the meeting, Azerbaijan-US bilateral relations, the current situation in the region, and steps taken towards the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia were discussed.

Minister Jeyhun Bayramov expressed Azerbaijan's interest in the successful outcome of the process as the party that takes the main initiative towards normalization with Armenia in the post-conflict phase, including the signing of the future peace agreement. Nonetheless, Armenia's efforts to impede the process in the aforementioned directions, failure to respond to Azerbaijan's latest proposals on the text of the peace deal within six weeks, and a series of aggressive statements and provocations were highlighted. As an example of Armenia’s disruptive actions, Bayramov referred to violence against Azerbaijani servicemen in Armenia notwithstanding the trust building moves by Azerbaijan such as the return of Armenian soldiers shortly after they failed to get their bearings and ended up in the territory of Azerbaijan. The importance of the implementation of the agreements reached between the parties was emphasized in order to ensure stable peace and security in the region.

Erika Olson, for her part, expressed the importance of establishing peace and stability in the region, for which it is necessary to sign a peace agreement. She noted that the US is ready to support bilateral talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

At the meeting, other bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest were exchanged.

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