Dear Mr. President:
As you assume your responsibilities on the occasion of your inauguration as President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I want to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to continuing to develop a strategic partnership with a democratic, stable, sovereign and prosperous Azerbaijan.
The United States is proud of its close friendship with Azerbaijan. As a friend, we have expressed our concerns and disappointment both publicly and privately with the conduct of the October 15 election. We are concerned as well by the violent behavior of both opposition demonstrators and government authorities, including the arrests that followed these events. I hope you will press hard to rectify these problems in a manner that respects the rule of law and firmly sets your country on a path to democracy, political freedom, and respect for human rights. Our goal is a strong and multifaceted partnership with Azerbaijan whose foundation rests on democratic principles.
I look forward to deepening our bilateral cooperation with you as President of Azerbaijan and with the people of Azerbaijan. The United States will continue its efforts to help Azerbaijan with democratic and economic reform. In addition, I remain committed to seeking a just and durable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is important that we continue to work together for peace and security in the Caucasus region and beyond and continue our common efforts in the fight against terrorism. I am confident that the ties between our peoples and countries will deepen in the years ahead.
George W. Bush
President of the United States of America