Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Azerbaijan has been and remains an important partner for the United States, the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta said.
He made the remarks during the lecture at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy University (ADA), titled "U.S. Foreign Policy and U.S. - Azerbaijan Relations".
Ambassador said that equality and democracy are the key aspect of bilateral relations today.
Cekuta said that the United States has long recognized Azerbaijan as a stalwart partner in terms of international security.
"Americans remember that following the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Heydar Aliyev was among the first to extend a hand of support and to offer his country's close cooperation in our efforts to combat terrorism," Cekuta said.
He added that this important and deeply valued cooperation in fighting terrorism and violent extremism continues. The ambassador also noted that U.S. and Azerbaijani troops have served together in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo.
"Thousands of flights have crossed Azerbaijan's airspace en route to Afghanistan, and thousands of containers have departed Baku in support of the International Security Assistance Force," he said.
Robert Cekuta also added that despite two countries have done a lot, there is still more that can be done in areas of security cooperation, such as strengthening border security, non-proliferation, and countering human trafficking, that will yield great benefits.
He further added that the U.S. and Azerbaijan have cooperated for more than twenty years on energy security.
"The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the progress on the Southern Corridor for gas represent powerful symbols of Azerbaijan's commitment to global energy security - a key element of international efforts to diversify energy routes and sources for European countries," he said.
Cekuta said that the US supports Azerbaijan in its efforts to diversify its economy further and to develop agriculture, information technologies, tourism, and other sectors, to help Azerbaijan develop its transportation and other infrastructure as part of the Greater Silk Road project.