US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hosted the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York on Monday, in the first direct talks between the two sides since deadly border clashes earlier this month.
Blinken’s trilateral meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov came on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
What was discussed at the meeting?
“Blinken conveyed condolences for the lives lost and emphasized the need to prevent further hostilities, underscoring the importance of returning to the peace process,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
“They discussed next steps, and the secretary encouraged the sides to meet again before the end of the month,” Price added.