Azerbaijan is one of the important friends of the United States, Anne Derse, the U.S. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Azerbaijan, stated on 8 July in a ceremony to mark the National Independence Day of the United States, Trend reports.
According to Derse, the two countries are important partners in the political, economic and security spheres. Azerbaijan wants to achieve advanced democracy and free market economy and the U.S. fully supports this purpose, she underlined.
The Ambassador also highly estimated the joint cooperation of the two countries in the sphere of fighting with terror, voiced his gratitude for participation of the Azerbaijani peacekeepers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
As an oil and gas producer and transit country Azerbaijan plays an important role in U.S. global energy security. The United States hopes for cooperation with you for the upgrade of Azerbaijans potential, Derse underlined.
In his turn Yagub Eyyubov, the Azerbaijani First Vice Prime Minister, expressed his satisfaction with current state of bilateral cooperation, in particular, the energy security. He emphasized the important role of the United States in the implementation of big regional projects, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export oil pipeline and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline. Eyyubov said that Azerbaijan wishes increase of the U.S. role as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair in the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.