Blinken’s Call with Aliyev Highlights Escalating Tensions at the Border

Peace Process in Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Diplomatic Efforts

During a recent meeting, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev discussed the importance of advancing the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The State Department released a statement highlighting that achieving peace in the region would bring economic benefits to the entire area.

Aliyev emphasized the need for continued dialogue and cooperation to achieve lasting peace in the region during their conversation. He also mentioned discussions held by Foreign Ministers in Berlin regarding a peace agreement text and stressed the importance of speeding up negotiations. Blinken assured Aliyev that recent meetings were not directed against Azerbaijan, despite concerns raised by the Prime Minister of Armenia.

Blinken also called for the release of unjustly arrested individuals during the conversation. The discussion between Blinken and Aliyev emphasized the need for continued dialogue and cooperation to achieve lasting peace in the region.

During their conversation, Blinken emphasized the need to avoid escalating tensions on the border, warning that aggressive actions and rhetoric from either side could hinder progress towards peace. President Aliyev countered accusations in the West about Azerbaijan’s intentions to attack Armenia, stating that they are baseless. The President of Azerbaijan addressed statements made by the French Foreign Minister regarding territorial integrity, labeling them as false.

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