Dan Burton: Azerbaijan, US have built strong partnership supported by shared values

Dan Burton: Azerbaijan, US have built strong partnership supported by shared values
# 29 January 2015 08:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. “Azerbaijan, after a mere 23 years of independence, stands out as a friend to America and a stabilizing force in the region,” said Dan Burton, former Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, in his article published by The Washington Post, APA reports.

The article said that Russia and Iran border Azerbaijan, and the policies of those countries make it even more important that the United States and the rest of the free world have a stalwart friend in the region.

“There are many other reasons why we should value our relationship with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, a 96 percent majority Muslim country, has demonstrated a commitment to religious tolerance and understanding. Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Rafael Harpaz emphasized during a visit to the United States, “Tolerance in Azerbaijan is an example to the entire world.” Tolerance is a continuous learning process for all nations, but Azerbaijan has taken impressive steps in just 23 years of independence,” Dan Burton underlined.

According to the author, the economy is robust, and economic policies are aimed at improving the lives of citizens and paving the way for the success of future generations.

“Azerbaijan also has integrated itself into the international community as a partner to NATO, a strong defense and economic partner to Israel, a member of the European Council and an elected member of the U.N. Security Council from 2011 to 2013. Azerbaijan and the United States have built a strong partnership supported by shared values, and it should value Azerbaijan’s leadership and partnership in the Caucasus region,” the author completed.

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