U.S. State Department: 'No one more prepared to work as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan than Matthew Bryza'
U.S, Washington, Nov. 10 / Trend special corr. L. Katik /
The U.S. State Department does not have anyone who is more prepared to work as the next U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan than Matthew Bryza, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Issues Richard Morningstar said during the conference, "U.S.-Azerbaijani Relations: Strategic Partnership," in Washington on Tuesday.
"I have no indication that this administration will refuse from supporting Bryza as the next U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan," Morningstar said when answering the question why his nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan has not been approved for months.
"Nobody can say how much he will have to wait," he said. "But I think our friends in Azerbaijan will not be glad if we refuse from supporting this candidacy."
Morningstar added that the issue will be resolved. He noted that "this is a difficult question."
The Jamestown Foundation and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute held a conference on, "U.S.-Azerbaijani Relations: The State of the 'Strategic Partnership,'" in Washington on Nov. 9.
Morningstar, leading U.S. political scientist and former National Security Adviser to the U.S. President Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jamestown Foundation President Glen E. Howard, Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow Vladimir Socor, Azerbaijani Presidential Center for Strategic Studies Director Elkhan Nuriyev, and Central-Asia Caucasus Institute Chairman Frederick Starr addressed the conference.