Blinken urges diplomacy as Armenia, Azerbaijan FMs meet | Politics News

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosts overseas ministers for first assembly since lethal border clashes final week.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged “a sturdy peace” between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as the highest United States diplomat introduced the 2 nations’ overseas ministers collectively for his or her first in-person assembly since an outbreak of violence final week.

Blinken hosted Armenian International Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani International Minister Jeyhun Bayramov at a New York Metropolis lodge on Monday on the sidelines of the annual United Nations Basic Meeting.

It was the overseas ministers’ first face-to-face assembly since two days of shelling final week.

Blinken stated he was “inspired” there had been no violence for a number of days. “Robust, sustainable diplomatic engagement is one of the best path for everybody,” he stated forward of the assembly.

“There’s a path to a sturdy peace that resolves the variations via diplomacy. The US is ready to do no matter it could to help these efforts. And I’m grateful to each of my colleagues for being right here at the moment to pursue this dialog.”

The assembly was held only a day after US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Armenia and condemned Azeri assaults, drawing complaints from Baku.

“The unsubstantiated and unfair accusations levelled by Pelosi towards Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” the nation’s overseas ministry stated in a press release. “This can be a severe blow to the efforts to normalise relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

The nationwide safety council in Armenia revised its dying toll from final week’s preventing from 136 to 207, taking whole fatalities on each side to 286.

A ceasefire took impact on Wednesday after the outbreak of violence, which marked the worst flare-up since Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a six-week conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh area in 2020.

The 2 former Soviet international locations have been locked in a decades-old battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnically Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan that has been below the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist conflict there led to 1994.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have traded blame for the newest spherical of shelling, with Armenian authorities accusing Baku of unprovoked aggression and Azeri officers saying their nation was responding to Armenian assaults.

Talking forward of Monday’s assembly in New York Metropolis, Azeri International Minister Bayramov stated his nation is “happy with the extent of relations” with the US.

Bayramov additionally stated his direct talks along with his Armenian counterpart, Mirzoyan, weren’t uncommon. “We’re all the time open for conferences,” he stated.