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Ambassador: The partnership between U.S. and Azerbaijan got stronger

2011-12-30 17:01

Over the last year the strategic partnership between Washington and Baku got stronger and the interests of the two countries got closer, said the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza.

The diplomat said that relations between the two countries have been developing in three main areas - security, energy and support for internal reforms.

The field of security cooperation consists in the supply of goods to Afghanistan through Azerbaijan. "For 10 years of the operation in Afghanistan about 5000 planes of the international coalition used Azerbaijani airspace", said Bryza.

When asked to comment the reports about Azerbaijan's ban on the flights of reconnaissance aircraft such as AWACS, following in Afghanistan, over its territory, Bryza said that he did not possess accurate information. "I do not think there was a ban. As I know, it was a revision of procedures of flights through the airspace of the country by the Azerbaijani government", IA REGNUM quoted Bryza.

Recall, two days ago the Azerbaijani media reported that Baku has not given permission for the flights of AWACS aircraft in its airspace. This information came shortly after NATO formally appealed to Georgia and Azerbaijan with a request to use the airspace of these countries for the flights of AWACS aircrafts from the base in Europe to Afghanistan. Georgia has given formal consent to it, the portal "Yerkramas" noted.

It should be noted that a similar situation arose several years ago. That time Azerbaijan didn't allow the German aircraft AWACS, returning to Europe from Afghanistan, to land in Baku, the APA news agency reported.

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