U.S Department of state
Office of Spokesperson
June 20, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met yesterday in Washington, D.C., with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. During the meeting, the two discussed regional challenges and opportunities, with Under Secretary Hale underscoring the importance of preventing further violence and making progress in the OSCE Minsk Group process toward a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Under Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed longstanding cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijan in the areas of security, energy, and economic growth. Under Secretary Hale outlined Administration priorities on a range of issues, including sanctions policy. The Under Secretary emphasized the United States’ support for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Azerbaijan.