Azerbaijan Condemns U.S. for ‘Interfering in Internal Affairs’

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev

BAKU—“The United States’ continuous attempts to interfere in Azerbaijan’s internal affairs is completely unacceptable,” Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said in remarks on Thursday in reaction to a critical statement by the U.S. State Department on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.

Hajiyev said the rule of law and independence of the judicial system have been fully secured in Azerbaijan.

“The unjustified interference of the United States is a flagrant violation of the rule of law and the obligations undertaken by Washington,” Hajiyev said.

He went on to claim that “attempts to use human rights as a tool of foreign policy with a purpose of exerting political pressure on others has already discredited itself.”

Hajiyev said that it is “unacceptable” to treat human rights “politically, selectively, and with a policy of double standards.”

“It would be more worthy of the states that declare themselves ‘heralds’ of human rights, specifically the U.S., to take a careful approach towards rights of the Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, who have been deprived of their most elementary rights as a result of Armenian occupation and the cases of the bloody ethnic cleansing committed in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories,” Hajiyev said.


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  1. Janapar said:

    If ever there was a place that needed a good old fashioned CIA regime change, AZ is it.

  2. Areg said:

    No visa for Hikmet Hajiyev to the United States. No visa for Hikmet Hajiyev to Russia. No visa for Hikmet Hajiyev to Artsakh the free land of Artsakhtsi.

  3. Hay said:

    Azerbaijan once again tries to deflect attention away from their domestic wrong-doing by pointing fingers to Armenia. “But but what about the crimes committed by Armenia!” Sounds like a child who blames his siblings for the vase that it’s broken. It should be very obvious to everyone by now that their childish behaviour shouldn’t be taken seriously.