Presidential administration department head: U.S. secretary of state's visit to push U.S.-Azerbaijan cooperation to new level of development
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 1 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Azerbaijan's relations with the United States are at a proper level, but there are issues to which Washington should pay more attention, said Novruz Mammadov, head of foreign relations department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan.
"I think that the U.S. authorities are aware of Azerbaijan's importance, and from this point of view, we can expect that during U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Azerbaijan, our cooperation will reach a new level of development," Mammadov said on July 1.
The recent processes around the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement tell that it needs to take an important step, and therefore, Azerbaijan expects a lot from Mrs. Clinton's visit. According to Mammadov, special attention will be given to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during Secretary of State Clinton's visit and her meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia from 1 to 5 July.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.