Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov interviewed in Washington
At the invitation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, I officially visited the United States with my colleagues. We had meeting with the US Secretary of State. The main topic of discussion was the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov made the statement.
“We exchanged views on the current situation and potential solutions to the problem. The United States is one of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group. We also discussed the interest of the US in this issue, mediation proposals and steps to resolve the issue. I had also meeting with Robert O'Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs”, said the minister.
“I think that our meetings were productive in terms of conveying the realities of Azerbaijan, the right position of Azerbaijan and the implementation of useful discussions around it”, he stressed.
“Of course, we must be realistic. It is impossible to solve the problems accumulated over thirty years in one meeting. However, we have always shown that the Azerbaijani side is constructive. Azerbaijan has always supported a political solution to the issue and does not make military operations an absolute condition unless necessary. I think that we have a reason to hold all these meetings and to convey the realities of Azerbaijan as well. Moreover, our position is fair. In this regard, we consider these meetings useful. Most likely, the US President was also informed about the meetings. We must also take into account one issue. In particular, when states comment on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, we must take into account that there are Armenian lobbies in many of those states. The Armenian lobby has a serious impact on the domestic political process of these countries. In many of these countries, the election process is underway. Of course, politicians who pay special attention to these issues, unfortunately, consider such factors”, said Minister Bayramov.