From Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

31 May 2017, 15:45

His Excellency Mr Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Dear Mr. President,

Please accept my best wishes to you and the people of Azerbaijan on the 24th annual International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference in Baku. I value the partnership the United States and Azerbaijan have built together over the last quarter century and look forward to its continued growth.

The United States remains strongly committed to the Southern Gas Corridor and welcomes the efforts of Azerbaijan and its international partners to complete it. I appreciate Azerbaijan’s important role in bolstering global energy security, including the development and exportation of energy resources from the Caspian region.

I support and encourage Azerbaijan’s efforts to diversify and reform its economy and look forward to exploring other areas of cooperation to the benefit of both our people. The United States stands ready to work with you as you continue to undertake economic, governmental and judicial reforms. The United States is also committed to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the Minsk Group process, which will help to strengthen regional security. Americans hope for increased stability and prosperity in Azerbaijan, and believe that this conference and the Southern Gas Corridor are important to achieving those goals.


Donald J. Trump

President of the United States of America