US asks Armenia to release to two Azarbaijai
Dispatch News Desk news agency
Baku, Azerbaijan: In building its presence in Eastern Europe, the State Department has called upon Armenia to hand over two Azerbaijani who were arrested in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
According to official statement posted on the official website of the US State Department, US asked Armenia to hand Dilgam Askarov and Shahbaz Guliyev over to Azerbaijan.
“We’ve previously advocated through Ambassador Warlick and others the release of these two prisoners to the Government of Azerbaijan. We also urged relevant authorities to return the two prisoners to the Government of Azerbaijan. The sides have generally found a way in the past to return prisoners as a humanitarian gesture, and such humanitarian gestures have been shown to reduce tensions and build trust between the sides,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
It may be mentioned that Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland, discussed the issue with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan during her recent visit to Armenia for the release of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Askarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.