FM Bayramov, US Department of State Senior Advisor discuss normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov has met with U.S. Department of State Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations Louis Bono, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting AzerTac.
During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the agenda of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries, the current situation in the region, the normalization process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the steps taken by Azerbaijan towards reintegration of the Armenian residents living in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region.
Minister Jeyhun Bayramov highlighted the anti-terrorist measures carried out in response to the provocations of the Armenian armed forces, who continued to exist illegally in the territory of Azerbaijan. He emphasized that the so-called smear campaign of Armenia, aimed at misleading the international community, does not reflect the realities in the region.
The minister underlined that the departure of Armenian residents from the territory of Azerbaijan is their voluntary and individual decision, adding that it has nothing to do with forced relocation, which was confirmed by both the Prime Minister of Armenia and international organizations. The FM recalled the visits of UN officials to the region and statements made by the mission that took place after 30 years.
FM Bayramov noted that the statements about the so-called “ethnic cleansing” made by the Armenian government are aimed at disrupting the process of reintegration of local Armenians living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
During the meeting, the sides also discussed other issues of mutual interest.