Politics 11:39 30/06/2023

Blinken says important progress made in Armenia-Azerbaijan talks

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Armenia and Azerbaijan have made further progress toward a peace agreement in three days of U.S.-hosted talks.

Wrapping up discussions between Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on Thursday, Blinken said the two sides had shown a willingness to negotiate seriously with the goal of reaching a deal, at the same time stressing that “hard work” remains to be done.

“I appreciate further progress toward this shared objective of an agreement to include agreement on some additional articles as well as a deepening understanding of the positions on outstanding issues, as well as the recognition that there remains hard work to be done to try to reach a final agreement,” Blinken said at the end of the closed-door talks at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in northern Virginia.

“We look forward to continuing this process in the weeks ahead to take advantage of the momentum that we’ve helped achieve through these meetings,” he said. “I very much appreciate the spirit of candor, openness, directness that everyone has exhibited. That is the way ultimately to reach understanding and finally to reach agreement.”

In a tweet later on Thursday, he again thanked the ministers for their "candor and openness in working to reach a durable peace agreement."

"Important progress was made and we are committed to a peaceful future for the region," Blinken said.



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