Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 14
The US believes that Azerbaijan will further contribute to nuclear security and continue its activities in this field, as well as keep on to cooperate with the US in this area, Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department, told reporters Jan.14.
He made the remarks with reference to the invitation to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., sent to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
"This is a long one-page letter, which describes how the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the US is estimated, which place they hold and how significant they are, as well as marks the role [Azerbaijan] has been playing during these years, the work done and the contribution, which [the country] brings into the nuclear security sphere," he said.
Novruz Mammadov said that the Azerbaijani president received this letter December 3.
"At the same time, it was stated both there [in the letter] and at the meeting with the director general of the US National Security Council, which took place two days ago, that a wide exchange of views took place regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh, the conflict resolution, the current state of the conflict, ongoing negotiations," he said.
Speaking about the information that Azerbaijan allegedly wasn't invited to the Nuclear Security Summit in the US, Novruz Mammadov said that there are certain circles both abroad and inside the country, which spread false and provocative information that serves their own interests.
Mammadov went on to add that Azerbaijan has always been a very significant and important partner for the US.
"Azerbaijan is located in such a region that it will always remain such a state both in the 21st century and the 22nd century," he said. "We know this as well, and I think that both the US and Europe understand this, especially in such a difficult and tense situation in the world. Do you see what's happening? Every day, terrorist acts take place in several countries, crises continue in all countries - all this is the result of this tension. In this situation, we must keep the success achieved so far, and preserve our interests."
Novruz Mammadov said that the Azerbaijani president was invited to the Nuclear Security Summit in the US, however, it is still unknown whether the head of state will take part in this event. Mammadov added that most likely, Ilham Aliyev will participate in this summit, because Azerbaijan took part in it last time. Last time this summit was held in the UK, and in South Korea before that, Mammadov said.