The U.S. gives full support to Aliyev

Washington. The visit of President Heydar Aliyev to Washington is the beginning of a new stage in the relations of Baku and Washington. At the meeting held in the White House, an investment agreement and oil contacts with four big U.S. companies worth eight million dollars were signed. Aliyev, "the first Azerbaijani President ever to visit Washington," got the support of the U.S. for the repeal of Section 907 and in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The meeting lasted for several hours and ended with a joint statement saying that the two countries agreed to expand and strengthen cooperation and relations in "all spheres".

It was stressed that the Clinton administration supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and its democratic road of development, and that the close relations between these two countries would have great significance for peace and stability in the region.

Clinton and Aliyev came to an agreement on the issue of the immediate peaceful solution of the Garabag conflict on the principles of the Lisbon Summit of the OSCE.

The efforts of the Armenian lobby failed

The document envisages that Section 907, which bans direct American humanitarian aid to Azerbaijan, has been adopted under the pressure of the Armenian lobby in America and it restricts the potential of relations between the two countries. President Bill Clinton said that he fully supports the repeal of that Section.

Milli gazette,
Turkey, August 3, 1997