Blinken Says US Ready To Facilitate Azerbaijani-Armenian Dialogue

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that Washington is ready to facilitate dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia to help end conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

In a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Blinken said that the US is ready to engage bilaterally, with likeminded partners to facilitate dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia and help achieve a long-term political settlement to the conflict.

Earlier, US Department of State’s Spokesperson Ned Price expressed Washington’s concern over the situation in the Karabakh region and called for immediate steps to reduce tensions and avoid further escalation.

“The recent increase in tensions underscores the need for a negotiated, comprehensive, and sustainable settlement of all remaining issues related to or resulting from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Price said in a statement.

At least three soldiers, (two Armenian, and one Azerbaijani) were killed and dozens were wounded in fresh fighting between the two neighbors in Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Meanwhile, Blinken during his talk with Cavusoglu also commended the Turkish diplomatic efforts that led to the first shipment of Ukrainian grain leaving the Black Sea since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  

Blinken and Cavusoglu also discussed ways to advance coordination and NATO unity regarding the threat of further Russian escalation and aggression against Ukraine.

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