WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian held talks in Washington late on Thursday, May 19, with the unresolved Nagorno- Karabagh conflict apparently topping the agenda.
They made no public statements after the meeting, which the Armenian Foreign Ministry said touched upon “a broad range of issues” of mutual interest.
“The United States and Armenia have many connections and relationships that span politics and go into family and so much else that is very important to us,” Clinton said as she greeted Nalbandian at the State Department. “And we have many, many important issues ahead of us, and I look forward to continuing the important conversation that we’ve been carrying out.”
“The frequency of our meetings proves our commitment to deepen and to strengthen Armenian- American relations,” Nalbandian said, for his part. “Due to our joint efforts, we elevated our relationship to a qualitatively new level during the last years.”
In a statement on the meeting issued on Friday, Nalbandian’s press office singled out the two officials’ discussion of “recent developments” in international efforts to broker a resolution of the Karabagh conflict. It quoted Clinton as saying that the dispute can be settled only by peaceful means.
According to the statement, Clinton assured her Armenian counterpart that the United States will continue to lend “full support” to Armenia and Azerbaijan in their search for a compromise settlement.