Tase: Azerbaijan proves its leadership in handling sensitive issues of int’l agenda
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The visit of Azerbaijan's president to the US is a testimony to the comprehensive strategic
partnership that exists between the US and Azerbaijan, Peter Tase, political analyst and international relations expert at Marquette University, told Trend April 2.
President Ilham Aliyev has been a reliable partner to Western democracies and to the US, in particular, added Tase.
"The fourth Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington DC on March 31-April 1 is perhaps the most successful initiative undertaken by the administration of the US President Barack Obama in the last seven years," he said.
Nuclear proliferation, strengthening the security of nuclear materials and international security issues are the main concerns of the world's major powers and democracies, and Baku has shown a great deal of leadership in handling such sensitive issues, according to him.
"Azerbaijan's participation at this summit, which will be perhaps the most important summit that the White House has organized in 2016, demonstrates the support that the US Administration, international organizations and the world's major democracies have towards ensuring peace and stability in the Caucasus region," added Tase.
"However, it would be very benevolent to see the US foreign policy become more engaging towards ensuring Azerbaijan's full territorial integrity and exert a multifaceted pressure against the Armenian government so that the Azerbaijani territories' occupation by Armenian Armed Forces could immediately come to an end," he said.
Tase says President Obama and his administration must do everything in their power to bring peace and stability in Azerbaijan and the Caspian region.
Azerbaijan is a loyal partner of the US in the war against terrorism and for sending peacekeeping forces as part of security operations to Afghanistan, Kosovo and other international missions, he added.
"Baku is an important energy and natural gas provider to Europe and a staunch advocate of human rights and democratic values in the outskirts of Europe," said Tase.
"Azerbaijan has invested so much towards preserving peace and stability in the region, now the world's major players must act towards securing the territorial sovereignty of Azerbaijan and bring the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to an end," he added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Elmira Tariverdiyeva is the head of Trend Agency's Russian news service, follow her on Twitter: @EmmaTariver