Azeri, US presidents to discuss co-op in security, energy sectors
The cooperation in the security, energy, consolidation of bilateral relationships, as well as situation around Iran will be in focus of discussion in a meeting between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and US President George W.Bush in the White House on 28 April, Trend reports. The bilateral meeting on the top crowns the Azerbaijani Presidents three-day official visit to Washington as the head of state.
On the eve of the Azerbaijani-US Summit the White House stated Washington is considering Baku as its key ally in strategically important region of the world and valuable partner, rendering important assistance to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo". There were placed peacekeeping contingent of Azerbaijan.
According to the US Administration, during the forthcoming talks with Aliyev Bush plans to touch upon the issues like "promotion of democracy and cooperation in the Caucasus, diversification in the energy sector, as well as general decisiveness [of both countries] to work jointly in the name of freedom and security.
Addressing to the Council of International Relationships, the Azerbaijani leader said that he does not regard the issue of Iran as central one in the meetings in Washington. Aliyev underlined that Azerbaijan was not going to participate in any armed operations against Iran, if it transits from suppositions to reality.
Obviously, Aliyev and Bush will pay especial attention to a problem of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov announced that Baku was not waiting new proposals from Washington on the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, ITAR-TASS announces.