Pompeo called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to engage in substantive negotiations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to engage in substantive talks, the State Department said following separate meetings between Pompeo and the two countries ‘ Foreign Ministers in Washington.

“Secretary Pompeo stressed the need to end violence and protect civilians. The Secretary of State also stressed the importance of the two sides starting substantive negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to resolve the conflict based on the principles of the Helsinki final act on non-use of the threat of violence, threats to territorial integrity, and equal rights of peoples to self-determination,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

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