December 04
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The US is engaged at multiple levels in the process of easing the current tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan. State Department spokesman Ned Price noted about this at Wednesday’s Department press briefing, and reaffirming the need to withdraw troops from the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

He noted that Philip Reeker, the new US Senior Adviser for Caucasus Negotiations and new Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group for the US, has been actively engaged in this process.

“He was, of course, up in New York City last week with us, with the Secretary. He took part in the trilateral meeting he had—we had with Armenia and Azerbaijan. He’s recently been in the South Caucasus, meeting in person with senior officials there. So he’s been deeply engaged in this,” Price said. 

He recalled that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also actively engaged in this process, as he has been in contact with the leaders, as well as the foreign ministers, of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Also Price pointed the recent meeting between Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan and Azerbaijani President's Assistant Hikmet Hajiyev in Washington—and at the initiative of US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

“So we are engaging at multiple levels, through multiple channels, to reinforce the need to de-escalate and to disengage,” concluded the US State Department spokesman.

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