Ambassador of the United States to Azerbaijan Reno Harnish visited November 4 the South of Azerbaijan to be closer acquainted with the region, study results of the US-Azerbaijan joint projects implementation.

According to regional correspondent of AzerTaj, the Ambassador first visited refugee settlement in Bilasuvar region and Tea Factory in Kolatan village of Massali province, resumed operating due to financial support by the US International Development Agency and employed some 300 workers.

After familiarization with the factory, Ambassador Reno Harnish and accompanied delegation arrived in Lankaran, where they were provided with detailed information on the economic development of the region.

Having expressed satisfaction with the warm and sincere meeting, the diplomat dwelt on the implementation of USA-Azerbaijan projects. Stressing that the USA attaches importance to the cooperation with Azerbaijan, the Ambassador noted that efforts for realizations of the projects in this sphere would be further taken, as well. During the meeting held in warm and friendly atmosphere, its participants exchanged views on prospects of social and cultural development of Lankaran region.

Ambassador Reno Harnish was very warmly welcomed at the Lankaran state University. Rector Mirzaga Bagirov told of the achievements of the university for 11 years of its founding and tasks to be solved. During the meeting of the US Embassy representatives with teaching staff and students of the University, the Ambassador said that US and Azerbaijan are cooperating in all directions including political, economic and social spheres. Touching upon the conflict over Nagorno-Garabakh, he stated that as co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk group, the USA would contribute to fair resolution of the conflict.

On the same day, the US Embassy delegation visited Lankaran children's home, whose Director Nazilya Babayeva expressed satisfaction with repair work done at the home by American corporations “Airex” and “Mercycorp.”

Afterwards, Ambassador Reno Harnish familiarized himself with the “Lankaran lighthouse”, historical monument of XIX century, visited Khanbulagchay water reservoir and met with teachers and student, who had exchanged experience and studied in the United States.

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