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 Overseas Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Overseas Minister Jeyhun Bayramov at a New York Metropolis resort 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 mentioned he was “inspired” there had been no violence for a number of days. “Robust, sustainable diplomatic engagement is the most effective path for everybody,” he mentioned forward of the assembly.

“There’s a path to a sturdy peace that resolves the variations by diplomacy. The US is ready to do no matter it could actually to help these efforts. And I’m grateful to each of my colleagues for being right here as we speak 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 in opposition to Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” the nation’s overseas ministry mentioned in an announcement. “It is a severe blow to the efforts to normalise relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

The nationwide safety council in Armenia revised its death toll from final week’s combating from 136 to 207, taking complete 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 war over the Nagorno-Karabakh area in 2020.

The 2 former Soviet nations 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 struggle there resulted in 1994.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have traded blame for the most recent 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 Overseas Minister Bayramov mentioned his nation is “glad with the extent of relations” with the US.

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