Azerbaijani president’s US visit - mile post, not end point – Cekuta (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.15
The recent visit of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to the US was successful, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta told The Voice of America.
"The point was also made by the secretary [of state] and by the vice president of welcoming and recognizing the steps that Azerbaijan has been taking and that we hope for further steps in this direction, this positive direction," he added.
"This not an end point. This is a mile post. This is a sign of both countries working together, having made progress, looking for further progress, and looking to work together to move ahead, to deal with a number of issues that affect both our countries and have important regional implications," Cekuta added.
Touching upon the decrease in oil prices, the ambassador noted that the US can share its experience in this sphere.
Further, Cekuta noted that Azerbaijan took an important step with the ratification of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material in the IAEA.
He recalled that one of the themes of the Nuclear Security Summit held in the US from March 30 to Apr.1, was preventing terrorists from getting access to nuclear materials.
"That's something that we need every country in the world to cooperate on, and Azerbaijan's cooperation and support for the effort against terrorism are an important aspect of that," he added.