Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4
The Washington Times organized an event devoted to the geopolitics in the Caspian Sea region and the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the United States. The event was organized in Washington Club "Capitol Hill" of the US Congress Feb. 3, the Azerbaijani embassy in the US told Trend Feb. 4.
The event was conducted by The Washington Times editor John Solomon, the embassy said.
Azerbaijani ambassador to US Elin Suleymanov, head of the committee on international and interparliamentary relations of the Azerbaijani parliament Samad Seyidov and MP Asim Mollazade made reports.
In his speech, the ambassador stressed the dynamic development of relations between Azerbaijan and the US over the past 20 years, especially in the energy sector.
In particular, he focused on the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project. It was built thanks to the mutual cooperation and great support of the US.
He said that the relations between the two countries are being developed not only in the energy sector.
As an example, Sulemaynov cited the cooperation between Azerbaijan Airlines and Boeing companies, as well as launching Azerbaijan's first US-made satellite into the orbit.
The ambassador welcomed the efforts of the US towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and said that Azerbaijani people expect concrete results on resolving the problem.
Addressing the event, the head of the Committee on International and Interparliamentary Relations of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani parliament) Samad Seyidov said that the Azerbaijani-US relations are important for the region's future.
He said that these relations sometimes are affected by the less significant problems related to the human rights in Azerbaijan and this negatively affects the country's attempts to create closer relations with Europe and the US.
Asim Mollazade in turn said during the event that the Azerbaijani-US relations have a solid basis and emphasized the cooperation between the two countries in the defense sphere.
He added that currently, Azerbaijani servicemen are ensuring the security of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Furthermore, Mollazade commented on the ongoing developments in Eurasia, and touched upon the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Israel and other issues.
At the end of the event, the speakers answered the questions of the participants.
MP: Human rights must not affect Azerbaijan-US relations (PHOTO)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4