US Intends to Help Azerbaijan in Democratic and Economic Reforms

BAKU (Armenpress)–The United States is deeply committed to helping Azerbaijan succeed in democratic and economic reforms–said Under Secretary for Global Affairs of the United States Dr. Paula Dobriansky at a July 27 press conference in Baku.

Dobriansky spoke highly of the value of bilateral relations between the United States and Azerbaijan–specifically noting Azerbaijan’s contribution to coalition efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq–as well as the two countries’ efforts to make the East-West Energy Corridor a reality.

Commenting on Azerbaijan’s many challenges in advancing democracy–Dobriansky said–"It is the sincere desire of the United States government that this decree be implemented fully at all levels of government in all regions of Azerbaijan," adding that the US funded exit-poll–conducted by independent–objective organizations–will help deter electoral fraud.

Meanwhile–Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov will discuss the regulation of the Karabagh conflict during his upcoming visit to Washington–DC from August 1-5.

Mammedyarov–who is traveling to Washington at the invitation of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice–will attend meetings at the White House–Pentagon–and several think-tanks.

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