Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 7 / Trend M.Aliyev /
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration should increase attention to the Caspian region, Azerbaijani Consul in Los Angeles Elman Abdullayev said this week.
Azerbaijan, as a country playing a major role in the development of the Caspian region, supports diversifying energy routes and believes tha tthe country is a key factor in the West's goal to ensure energy security, Abdullayev said at the conference, "Geopolitics of the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijanis in the U.S. under the Obama administration" in Chicago.
The U.S Azerbaijanis Community (USAN) and consulate organized the event.
In his speech, Abdullayev said regional projects initiated by Azerbaijan have given a major boost for the region's integration into Europe. However, Armenia's continued occupation of Azerbaijani territories prevents their widespread implementation, he added.
Abdullayev said he hopes that after meeting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and Obama, efforts to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict will be intensified.
Azerbaijani Presidential Center for Strategic Studies Director Elkhan Nuriyev, U.S Azerbaijani Community Executive Director Adil Bagirov, Skoki Mayor George Van Dusen, Pakistani Consulate General representative Asad Hayuddin and Azerbaijani community representatives and other diplomats attended the event.
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