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Political support of the US for Azerbaijan

Political support of the US for Azerbaijan

Politics
19 May 2020, 17:55 95

The prestige and power of Azerbaijan is recognized at the level of the US president

Relations with the United States have always been one of Azerbaijan's foreign policy priorities since its independence. These relations meet the national interests of both countries, covering various areas of bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Of course, our country's continued steps towards integration into the democratic world have played an important role in raising relations with the world superpower, US, to a normal level. On the other hand, the important role of our country in the field of energy supply to Europe is one of the factors deepening relations between Azerbaijan and the US. It is no coincidence that a large number of US companies are represented in the "Contract of the Century" signed in 1994 and other oil and gas contracts signed in the following stages.

The inadmissibility of the status quo

Among the key areas of relations between our countries, global security and the fight against terrorism are of particular importance. As it is known, Azerbaijan closely cooperates with Washington in the fight against terrorism that threatens the national interests of the US and the entire civilized world. Azerbaijan is an active member of the international anti-terrorist coalition against Afghanistan, established in 2001, and has worked closely with the US in this regard. This cooperation is underway today. One of the important aspects of Azerbaijan-US relations is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As a member of the Minsk Group, the US is closely involved in the conflict settlement process. Azerbaijan always hopes for the active role of the US in the process. As the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Washington, is in line with Azerbaijan's position on the inadmissibility of the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and emphasizes the importance of resolving the conflict within the framework of international law, as well as global and regional security, which is of great importance.

Investment up to $ 200 billion

US-Azerbaijan economic ties also play an important role in relations between the two countries. Azerbaijan and the US are successfully cooperating in many areas of the economy, especially in ensuring energy security and diversifying resources. As a result of the favorable business environment, US companies have invested a total of $ 200 billion in the Azerbaijani economy over the past period. So far, Azerbaijan has implemented important geostrategic projects such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines with the full support of its partners and the US. As a follow-up, the US and Azerbaijan are working closely together on the Southern Gas Corridor, which will significantly strengthen Europe's energy security.

A more reliable partner than European countries

The fact that Azerbaijan is a reliable partner, strengthening day by day, constantly enriching its domestic and foreign policy with new criteria in accordance with the requirements of global challenges, and not sparing significant diplomatic and political efforts to turn the region into a space of cooperation as a leading state in the South Caucasus cannot fail to attract the attention of the US. Expressing this reality, US statesmen, politicians and experts say that our country is a more reliable partner and ally for America than even developed European countries. According to them, in the near future the closest US ally in the region will be Azerbaijan. This is confirmed by the letters sent by US President Donald Trump to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last year, the visits of US officials to our country and the statements they made.

The US stands by the people of Azerbaijan

 

This was once again reflected in the congratulatory letter of the US President to President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day on May 28. On behalf of the American people, Donald Trump conveyed his sincere greetings and congratulations to President Ilham Aliyev and the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of Republic Day on May 28, and stated that the US strongly supports the sovereignty and independence of Azerbaijan.

"The United States and Azerbaijan have cooperated for nearly 30 years to strengthen international security, diversify European energy routes and sources, and build a brighter future for the people of our two great nations. I appreciate Azerbaijan's important contributions in these areas and encourage all steps that promote democratic governance and protect the rights and freedoms we have pledged to uphold. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States stands with the people of Azerbaijan. As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, we will remain engaged in supporting negotiations to find a lasting and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” said the letter.

More than 150 US-owned companies

According to MP Nasib Mahamaliyev, in his letter to President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Republic Day on May 28, US President Donald Trump referred to the relations of the two countries, noted the work done in our country and stated that the US will always support Azerbaijan. MP said that the history of cooperation between the two countries dates back to the early 20th century, the period of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. "At that time, a representative office of the US was opened in Baku. During the years of independence, as a result of the efforts of national leader Heydar Aliyev, close cooperation was established in energy, economy, defense, security, transport and logistics and other fields. Thanks to the close support of the US and its allies, projects such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines, TAP, TANAP have been implemented. More than 150 US-owned companies operate in Azerbaijan, and billions of dollars have been invested in our country's economy. The US is a member of the OSCE Minsk Group for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijan is the first Caspian country to create conditions for the development of its energy resources by the US and other countries. Moreover, Azerbaijan contributes to security in the US-led coalition in the fight against international terrorism. Our airspace is used to supply NATO forces in Afghanistan. At the same time, there is cooperation between the legislatures of both countries,” he noted.

The role of leaders in world politics

Mahamaliyev said that Azerbaijan, as a country open to the world, has established bilateral and multilateral relations with all countries except Armenia. "Naturally, a strong, well-developed country like the US has a special place among them," he said. "President Ilham Aliyev attaches great importance to the development of these relations. In his letter, Donald Trump also praised the role of Azerbaijan and its leader in world politics. Our people appreciate this cooperation and consider it very important for both countries."

Contribution to global development

MP Shahin Ismayilov said that the letter of US President Donald Trump to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was of great importance in several areas. Recalling the content of the letter, the MP said that the first point in the letter was the fact that the US strongly supports the sovereignty and independence of Azerbaijan. "I think this should be interpreted directly as a message from Trump and the US in support of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. Because in international law, the concept of sovereignty is accepted as the recognition of the supremacy of state power within certain territorial boundaries. The United States and the Republic of Azerbaijan are equal states. Such a position of the US, the world's superpower, is another indication of the professionalism of the foreign policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev. Another point highlighted in the letter is Azerbaijan's strategic role in strengthening international security and diversifying Europe's energy routes and sources. Azerbaijan makes significant contributions to international terrorism, radicalism, extremism and transnational organized crime, support for multilateral peacekeeping operations in sensitive regions of the world, including Afghanistan, assistance to global development, and the expansion of energy infrastructure,” he stressed.

Great political support for Azerbaijan

The MP emphasized that our country, which suffers from the occupation of 20 percent of its territory and Armenian terror, is seriously cooperating with all civilized countries, including the US, against such cases. "At the same time, Azerbaijan is supporting its natural resources with strategic projects to maintain peace and stability in the international arena,” he said. "By the way, the successful implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor, one of the vital projects to strengthen the energy supply of the European continent, is one of these projects. I think that the great political support given to Azerbaijan by the US and personally by President Donald Trump should be emphasized here. In the modern world, the size of states and peoples is not measured by their territory and number, but by their contribution to international processes. The letter refers to the US and Azerbaijan and uses the expressions of two great nations and states. The prestige and power of Azerbaijan is recognized at the level of the US president. This is a very important point.”

Rufik ISMAYILOV