Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers Visit US, Meet with Clinton


WASHINGTON (RIA Novosti and UPI) — The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers visited Washington this week at the invitation of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to discuss the recently-announced Armenian-Turkish agreement and future talks to be held in Prague.

Clinton held talks with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian on Monday regarding a settlement to the longrunning Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and a Swiss-mediated agreement between Yerevan and Turkey.

“The relationship between the United States and Armenia is a very lasting and
durable one,” Clinton said in the Treaty Room of the State Department Monday. “The Obama Administration is committed to broadening it, deepening it, working with Armenia to assist them in their continued development and aspirations.”

Nalbandian thanked the State Department for assisting in the talks with Turkey that led to an agreement announced on April 23, described as a “roadmap” aimed at normalizing bilateral relations, which have been virtually nonexistent
following a bitter dispute over the genocide of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.

Clinton also met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on Tuesday prior to talks between the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Prague on May 7.

Earlier, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza said that a resolution on Nagorno-Karabagh was “possible in the next few months.”