Blinken Speaks With Armenian And Azerbaijani Leaders, Pushing for Peace

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday held separate phone calls with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on efforts to achieve peace in the region.

In talks with Pashinyan, Blinken discussed Armenia and Azerbaijan’s historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region.

During the talks, Blinken encouraged continued bilateral dialogue and hailed the recent meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi.

Blinken also commended the Pashinyan on the positive momentum and concrete agreements made towards normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey.

In his conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Blinken reaffirmed support for productive EU-brokered discussions.

“The United States has been an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair since 1994 and stands ready to engage bilaterally and with like minded partners to help Armenia and Azerbaijan find a long-term comprehensive peace,” Blinken added.

At the end of the talks, Blinken urged President Aliyev to release all remaining Armenian detainees.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have fought two wars in 2020 and in the 1990s over the conflicting Karabakh region.   

In December last year, the two countries appointed special envoys as part of efforts to normalize its relations.

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