BAKU: Azeri President, US State Secretary Discuss Karabakh,Polls By

AZERI PRESIDENT, US STATE SECRETARY DISCUSS KARABAKH, POLLS BY TELEPHONE

Azerbaijani TV Channel One, Baku
25 Aug 05

[Presenter] The following is a press release from the presidential
press service.

On 25 August, US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice had a telephone
conversation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

During the telephone conversation, they expressed satisfaction with the
development of US-Azerbaijani relations in various areas. Condoleezza
Rice said that she attaches great importance to the meeting between
the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents on the Karabakh settlement
on the sidelines of the Kazan summit and hopes that the talks will
contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

President Ilham Aliyev also noted the significance of the Kazan
meeting with the Armenian president and expressed hope for the
positive outcome of the talks. The overall situation in Azerbaijan,
including the preparation for the upcoming parliamentary election,
were also discussed during the telephone conversation.

The Azerbaijani president and the US state secretary also discussed
issues of mutual interests.

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