Politico: Pompeo to Host Armenian, Azerbaijani FMs amid Deadly Clashes

On Friday, October 23, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Jeyhun Bayramov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, American edition Politico reports.

"The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, two countries at war with each other, are scheduled to separately meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Friday. 

"It’s not clear whether the envoys will meet with each other or whether US officials will try to convene a trilateral session. But their same-day visits signal that the US is deepening its efforts to tamp down the resurgent conflict, which has reportedly killed hundreds of combatants and civilians since late September.

"The visits also offer the Trump administration a chance to showcase an attempt at global leadership just days before President Donald Trump faces reelection.

"According to the US government documents seen by POLITICO, Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will meet first with Pompeo on Friday morning. His Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, will meet shortly afterward with the US secretary of State," reads the article by Nahal Toosi. 

The battle over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region between the two countries of the South Caucasus has been going on for 24 days now. There are large numbers of casualties on both sides.

By Ana Dumbadze 

Source: politico. com 

Image: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

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