Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar mammadyarov on Wednesday met with the US National Security Advisor John Balton, to discuss the Karabakh issue,m bilateral relations and the regional situation.
Mammadyarov later also met the diplomats representing the OSCE Minsk Group co-Chair countries - France, Russia and the United States.
Mammadyarov on Thursday is expected to meet with his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in talks faciltated by the co-chair, in an effort to put peace talks on a solution to the Karabakh conflict back on tack. Mnatsakanyan met the mediators on Tuesday.
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photo: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar maammadyarov and US National security Advisor john Balton after their meeting in Washington DC on Wednesday 19 June (picture courtesy of the Azerbaijani MFA)
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On Monday, 15 July, yet another incident occurred in the vicinity of the David Gareji Monastery which lies on a disputed area of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border. The monastery has turned from a place of worship to a flashpoint, with Georgian religious zealots trying to state their claim on the land as Georgian territory, and Azerbaijani border guards stopping them.