Dan Burton: US needs more friends like Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
America and the rest of the free world need more friends like Azerbaijan, Dan Burton, a former Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Indiana, said in article published by The Washington Times.
Burton said Azerbaijan is located in a part of the world that is in a chaotic state.
"Azerbaijan, after a mere 23 years of independence, stands out as a friend to America and a stabilizing force in the region," he said.
"Russia and Iran border Azerbaijan, and the policies of those countries make it even more important that the United States and the rest of the free world have a stalwart friend in the region."
Burton said there are many other reasons why the US should value its relationship with Azerbaijan.
"Azerbaijan, a 96 percent majority Muslim country, has demonstrated a commitment to religious tolerance and understanding," says the author.
"Building an inclusive society is a priority of Azerbaijan's public policy, emphasized in Article 25 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, which bans political, racial, ethnic, national, cultural, religious or sexual persecution."
Burton also noted that Azerbaijan has made a remarkable transition from the planned economy to a modern market economy.
"The economy is robust, and economic policies are aimed at improving the lives of citizens and paving the way for the success of future generations," he noted.
Burton further noted that Azerbaijan also has integrated itself into the international community as a partner to NATO, a strong defense and economic partner to Israel, a member of the European Council and an elected member of the UN Security Council from 2011 to 2013.
"Azerbaijan and the United States have built a strong partnership supported by shared values, and it should value Azerbaijan's leadership and partnership in the Caucasus region," he stressed.
The author also said Azerbaijan has emerged in difficult geographic and political circumstances.
"It has become an example of social and economic responsibility in only 23 years," he said.