U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

28 April 2024, 22:34

On April 28, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

Antony Blinken extended his congratulations on the recent agreement regarding the border delimitation between Armenia and Azerbaijan, emphasizing the United States' commendation of this development. The Secretary of State reiterated the readiness of the United States to continue supporting the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the advancement of the peace agenda.

The head of state underscored that the agreement achieved by the delimitation commission of both countries was the outcome of bilateral discussions conducted in a spirit of dialogue and mutual understanding. President Ilham Aliyev emphasized that the initiation of demarcation work along the border of the two countries, subsequent to the delimitation process, represents a positive step forward.

The head of state mentioned that the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia are due to meet soon in Almaty, as per the proposal of the Kazakh side, to further negotiations on the peace treaty. Recalling that the Republic of Azerbaijan was the initiator of the peace treaty and its underlying five principles, President Ilham Aliyev stressed that Azerbaijan would persist in sparing no efforts to advance the peace agenda, affirming a strong political will in this regard. President Ilham Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan supports the establishment of an integrated South Caucasus regional cooperation model devoid of any dividing lines.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his country’s intention to strengthen bilateral relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan, noting cooperation in the fields of energy, climate, transport, and COP29. President Ilham Aliyev also emphasized Azerbaijan’s interest in developing bilateral relations with the U.S.

During the telephone conversation, the sides hailed the cooperation between the Azerbaijani and U.S. delegations within COP29.

Antony Blinken positively assessed the recent steps taken in Azerbaijan in the field of human rights, expressing his desire for their continuity.

President Ilham Aliyev highlighted Azerbaijan’s commitment to its human rights obligations and the continuation of democratic reforms in the country.