Clinton Apologizes to Aliyev for Mafia Comparison in Leaked Cable


WASHINGTON (AHN) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Wednesday afternoon to apologize for a recently leaked diplomatic cable comparing Azerbaijan’s leader to fictional mafia bosses from “The Godfather” films.

Addressing journalists at a regular State Department briefing, spokesman PJ Crowley confirmed that Clinton made the phone call to discuss “the strategically important partnership between our two countries.”

Taking “the opportunity to convey her regrets for the WikiLeaks disclosures, Clinton in her telephone call, “reiterated to President Aliyev that the U.S. relationship with Azerbaijan remain strong.”

Asked to comment on Azerbaijan President’s response to Clinton’s phone call, Crowley told journalists: “He simply indicated that he did not think that alleged cables would affect our long-term relationship.”

“Azerbaijan remains a key partner of the United States,” said Crowly, adding that this is something the secretary had reiterated during her visit to Baku last July.

Noting that Azerbaijan works with the U.S. as a member of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition in Afghanistan, Crowley said the Central Asian country also cooperates on counter-terrorism.

Earlier a leaked cable from WikiLeaks alleged that incumbent president Aliyev, had become “increasingly authoritarian” after succeeding his father Heydar Aliyev as president of ex-Soviet Azerbaijan in 2003.

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4 Comments

  1. hratch said:

    C’mon, call it what it really is. A mafia in govenrment’s clothing. As are most so-called governments in todays world!

  2. vartan said:

    The craddle of freedom and the land of the brave apologizing for the truth ….. what a bunch of hypocrytical morons… and I think for thr price is right A can do C….

  3. facts said:

    US are not only almost too late but US has to apologize for the truth too!! :-)

    First they – US- declaring Talibans and terrorists in Afghanistan “foredoom fighters” and delivering the most modern weapons to these groups, later starting to call them terrorists …father of Sultan of Baku Kanat, Ilham Aliyev , was the head of Azerbaijani Mafia during Soviet times why should the prince Ilham Aliyev hand this title to somebody else?

    Remember: German borne Henry Alfred Kissinger is wrongly the most celebrated US FM in TV shows and else where. But the same „highly talented“ Kissinger was in Teheran, drinking champion with J. Carter and Persian Shah , failing to inform and make a correct analyze of the real situation in Iran regarding except revolution and so on . Instead Henry Alfred Kissinger was engaged in justifications and busy in glamorizing this and that (which is continuing till today) – Why should H. Clinton be much better than Kissinger – whom nobody dears to opposite?

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