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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan has expectations from the US, particularly in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement, as the US is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the chairman of Azerbaijani parliamentary committee on international and interparliamentary relations, Samad Seyidov, said Feb. 14.
He made the remarks during a hearing on the relations between Azerbaijan and the US, held in Azerbaijan's parliament, the Milli Majlis.
Seyidov said the Azerbaijan-US relations entered a new period in 1994.
"The signing of the Contract of the Century and the support for it from the ex-US president, Bill Clinton, showed the degree of importance of Azerbaijan for the US," he said. "A new political and economic map of the region was outlined with the signing of the Contract of the Century."
Seyidov added that after the terrorist attacks in 2001 in the US, the two countries' relations reached a new level - Azerbaijan and the US directed joint efforts to fight against terrorism.
Azerbaijan's parliament, the Milli Majlis, is holding on Feb. 14 a hearing on the relations between Azerbaijan and the US.
The hearing's topic is the "Relations between Azerbaijan and the US in the context of issues of human rights, energy and security."
Aside from the MPs, the hearings are attended by the leaders of opposition parties of Azerbaijan, as well as the representatives of NGOs and the public.
Earlier, the US Congress also held a hearing on the relations between the two countries.
Edited by SI