Bill Shuster: “ The US and Azerbaijan are partners”

28-04-2011 | 19:55        


The US and Azerbaijan are partners and the US intends to strengthen these relations – Bill Shuster, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus of US told journalists after the meetings he held in Baku. We attach great importance to the strategic partnership with Azerbaijan. Bill Shuster, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, said the US delegation had made discussions on several issues of mutual interest in Baku. He added that the US government is grateful to Azerbaijan for its activity in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan and for its role in provision of energy security of Europe. According to Bill Shuster, the Daglig Garabag conflict was also discussed during meetings and that the US supports settlement of the problem in a peaceful way as well as the activity of the OSCE Minsk group on solution of the conflict. Ways of strengthening of the partnership with Azerbaijan were also in the focus of discussions. Bill Shuster also highly appraised joint projects of the US and Azerbaijan. According to him, the relations between Azerbaijan and the US have big perspectives and the 2 countries share a lot of common interests. Azerbaijan is one of the 1st countries offering its support to combat against terrorism after September 11th events. Both countries are also involved in energy security sector. As to strengthening of the activity of democratic institutions, Bill Shuster says that settlement of this issue took 230 years in the US. There still exist some controversial moments. Azerbaijan gained great achievements over 20 years’ period. Time is needed for full operation of these establishments.