Blinken urges Aliyev to release all Armenian PoWs

Blinken urges Aliyev to release all Armenian PoWs

PanARMENIAN.Net - U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has urged Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to release all remaining Armenian prisoners of war.

In a phone call on Monday, July 15, Blinken and Aliyev discussed Azerbaijan and Armenia’s historic opportunity to achieve peace in the region.

“The Secretary reiterated the United States’ offer of assistance in helping facilitate the opening of regional transportation and communication linkages. Secretary Blinken encouraged continued bilateral dialogue, such as the recent meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi. The Secretary also reaffirmed support for productive EU-brokered discussions,” the Department of State said in a statement.

“He conveyed that the United States has been an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair since 1994 and stands ready to engage bilaterally and with likeminded partners to help Armenia and Azerbaijan find a long-term comprehensive peace. Secretary Blinken also urged President Aliyev to release all remaining Armenian detainees.”

Blinken later spoke to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to discuss similar matters and commended the Armenian leader on the positive momentum and concrete agreements made towards normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey.

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