ISTANBUL (AA) – The president of Azerbaijan exchanged views with a senior US diplomat about the South Caucasus country’s normalization of ties with Armenia and negotiations for a peace treaty between them.
“Views were exchanged . . . regarding the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and negotiations on a peace treaty,” the office of President Ilham Aliyev said in a statement.
It added that Philip Reeker, US senior advisor for Caucasus negotiations, conveyed the greetings of Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s constant attention to the process of normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan was highly appreciated,” the statement further noted.
Earlier this month, Blinken hosted talks in Washington between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers on a possible peace treaty between the two countries.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
In fall 2020, Baku liberated several cities, villages, and settlements from Armenian occupation in 44 days of clashes that ended in a Moscow-brokered truce. The peace agreement is celebrated as a triumph in Azerbaijan.