December 3, 2022 - 13:00 AMT
Armenia-Azerbaijan ministerial meeting could happen soon

Department of State spokesperson Ned Price has said that when Armenian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers Ararat Mirzoyan and Jeyhun Bayramov last met they agreed to organize another meeting "in the coming weeks"

"The United States has been very much engaged with the parties to help bring about a peaceful future for the South Caucasus region. We’ve held – we’ve convened now two trilateral meetings between Armenia and Azerbaijan – Secretary [Antony] Blinken has. He’s continued to be in telephonic communication with the parties as well," Price told a briefing on Friday, December 2.

"When they were last together, the foreign ministers agreed to expedite their negotiations, to organize another meeting in the coming weeks. They both expressed their appreciation to the U.S. side for hosting that ministerial. We certainly hope that the dialogue and constructive atmosphere between the two countries will continue as we continue to support the diplomacy to lead to – lead to a lasting peace and resolving issues between the two countries."

In late November, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev canceled a planned meeting with Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who he said had demanded the mediation of French President Emmanuel Macron.