Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said the United States opposes third-party involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after Turkey publicly declared its support for Azerbaijan.
“We do not approve of involving other countries in this conflict,” Pompeo told Fox News. “We believe that outsiders should stay away.”
According to the Secretary of State, Washington wants Armenia and Azerbaijan to agree on a ceasefire.
“We want both countries to step back,” he said. “We have spoken to the leadership of each of the two countries and asked them to do just that.”
“We hope that in the coming days, they will see that violence will not resolve existing conflicts, ethnic and political conflicts, and infighting,” Pompeo said.
“And the involvement of third parties – other countries – only exacerbates the problem,” the Secretary of State added.