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US wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration waded cautiously Friday into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are engaged in their worst conflict in more…

CORRECTS NAME TO AZERBAIJAN FOREIGN MINISTER JEYHAN BAYRAMOV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks out to face reporters with Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, prior to holding talks, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at the State Department in Washington. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)

CORRECTS NAME TO AZERBAIJAN FOREIGN MINISTER JEYHAN BAYRAMOV – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks out to face reporters with Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, prior to holding talks, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 at the State Department in Washington. (Hannah McKay/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration waded cautiously Friday into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan , which are engaged in their worst conflict in more than 25 years.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met separately in Washington with the foreign ministers of both countries in a bid to promote a cease-fire in hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The State Department said Pompeo had emphasized to Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov the need “to end the violence and protect civilians.”

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“Both must implement a ceasefire and return to substantive negotiations,” Pompeo said in a tweet after his talks.

Friday’s meetings followed…

Matthew Lee

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