State Department calls yesterday’s talks between Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs ‘constructive’
Yesterday's talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers in the US were constructive, Vedant Patel, Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, said at a briefing on Wednesday, News.Az reports.
He noted that the latest incidents underscored the need for a durable and dignified peace.
Patel reaffirmed US commitment to assisting the parties in achieving peace.
“The US is committed to assisting the parties in achieving this, and Secretary Blinken is directly engaged in the peace process. Direct dialogue is key to resolving issues and reaching a durable and dignified peace. Yesterday's meetings with the foreign ministers were constructive. And we continue to build on those discussions today and tomorrow as the peace talks to continue," he added.
On June 27, Blinken held separate closed-door bilateral meetings with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia at the National Training Center for Foreign Affairs named after George P. Schultz.
Blinken and Bayramov discussed the Azerbaijan-Armenia peace process, prospects for negotiations on a draft bilateral agreement on establishing peace and interstate relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the current situation in the region.
During the meeting, Minister Bayramov outlined Azerbaijan's position on the issues raised in the draft agreement. He spoke about Armenia's attempts to obstruct the peace process and Yerevan's provocative actions.
After the meetings, Blinken took part in the first plenary session with the foreign ministers of the two countries.
Later on, Azerbaijani FM Jeyhun Bayramov held a bilateral meeting with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan.
The negotiations will continue through June 29.