Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 5, 2009



Date: 05/05/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton With Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov Before Their Meeting. State Dept Photo
SECRETARY CLINTON:
Well, this afternoon, we have a great privilege of welcoming to the State Department the minister for foreign affairs of Azerbaijan. We have a very close relationship on many important issues. Today, we’re going to discuss how we can expand and deepen that relationship. I’m delighted that the minister could come so early in the Obama Administration so that we could begin these discussions.

As you know, Azerbaijan has a very strategic location that is one that is important not only to their country, but really, regionally and globally. And so they’re in a position to take increasing responsibility and leadership on these important matters.

Welcome, Mr. Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER MAMMADYAROV: Thank you very much, Madame Secretary. I just want to add a few words. It’s a great pleasure to be back in Washington and back to State Department. I’m appreciative for this invitation. And I am absolutely sure that this meeting will move forward the strategic partnership which exists between Azerbaijan and United States. And I am ready to discuss all the issues of mutual interest; in our mind, it’s global or it’s regional or it’s bilateral.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Excellent.

FOREIGN MINISTER MAMMADYAROV: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister. Thank you all.



PRN: 2009/420