AzerTag, Azerbaijan
May 2 2006

'Visit of the Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev to the Untied States
of America has been successful. The Untied States has large and
constructive links with Azerbaijan and last week it became possible
to discuss these relations more widely, commenting the visit, Jason
Hyland, charge d'affaires of USA in Azerbaijan said.

Noting security, energy carriers and development of democracy as
major aspects in the USA-Azerbaijan relations, the diplomat stressed
necessity of expansion of ties in all spheres. 'Should we deepen the
positive aspects of our ties, we would see that Azerbaijan is an
important partner in global combat against terrorism. Azerbaijani
soldiers serve within the international peacemakers in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Kosovo'.

Emphasizing necessity of strengthening of relations in all fields
after this visit, Mr. Hyland said: 'I hope in the coming months the
sides will think over expansion of these relations'.

The American diplomat said after visit of President Aliyev, President
George Bush highly assessed the role of Azerbaijan in the field of
energy safety. 'The BTC oil pipeline is about completions. This will
be historical date in region. Several years ago it was a mere idea.

And this is a reality today', he stressed.

Jason Hyland conveyed gratitude of his country to Azerbaijan in
realization of the huge project. Currently, the world is interested
in development of other hydrocarbons in Caspian and delivery from
Azerbaijan to the world markets, he said, expressing confidence for
further decisive role of Azerbaijan in this cause.

Speaking of security of BTC, Mr. Hyland said the involved countries
would ensure security of the pipeline. "Safety of BTC is highly
ensured in the territory of Azerbaijan'.

Noting the human rights and development of democracy are the important
elements in the USA-Azerbaijan relations, the diplomat said their
cooperation would continue in this field. He estimated the meeting
of President Ilham Aliyev during his visit to USA with heads of NGOs
functioning in Azerbaijan as positive and constructive step.

Speaking of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Mr.

Hyland said the problem should be settled in the frame of OSCE Minsk
Group. 'During the visit of Azerbaijan President, the United States
once again disclosed its position in this cause'.

Commenting the situation connected to Iran, the diplomat said after
the visit, both presidents announced they adhere settlement of the
problem by diplomatic means.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress