Azerbaijan valuable U.S. ally: congressmen
U.S, New-York, Nov. 19 / Trend K.Pashayeva /
In the run up to the discussions on the 2010 foreign operations draft budget, U.S. congressmen appealed to Senate and House of Representatives subcommittees to support an article providing assistance to Azerbaijan and strengthening U.S.-Azerbaijani relations.
The congressmen requested an extension to the moratorium on the 907th amendment.
Members of the House of Representatives Azerbaijani working group Bill Shuster, Solomon Ortiz, Robert Wexler, and Virginia Fox deem necessary leaving the president the right to make the decision.
The statement was made in a letter addressed to senators Patrick Leahy and Judd Gregg and House of Representatives members Nita Lowey and Kay Granger.
The authors of the letter wrote that providing assistance exclusively to the Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh is intolerable, pointing out the hardships suffered by Azerbaijani IDPs driven out of the region. They stressed that the U.S. government should assist both Azerbaijanis and Armenians as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The U.S. lawmakers emphasized the role Azerbaijan has played in many international projects, including strengthening the Western world's energy security and fighting terrorism. They also highlighted Azerbaijan's assistance to the U.S. in Afghanistan.
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