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US welcomes release of detainees by Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the announcement by Armenia and Azerbaijan of the release of two Azerbaijani and thirty-two Armenian detainees, State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

“This commitment represents an important confidence building measure as the sides work to finalize a peace agreement and normalize relations,” he said.

“We commend Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan for their joint efforts to lay the groundwork for a more peaceful and prosperous future for the people of the South Caucasus,” the Spokesperson added.

He stressed that the United States will continue to strongly support efforts to reach a durable and dignified peace.

In a joint statement the two countries reconfirmed their intention to normalize relations and to reach the peace treaty on the basis of respect for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Driven by the values of humanism and as a gesture of goodwill, the Republic of Azerbaijan releases 32 Armenian military servicemen. In its turn, driven by the values of humanism and as a gesture of goodwill, the Republic of Armenia releases 2 Azerbaijani military servicemen.

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