Pompeo to host Armenian, Azerbaijani foreign ministers amid deadly clashes

Pompeo to host Armenian, Azerbaijani foreign ministers amid deadly clashes

Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, two countries at war with each other over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, are scheduled to separately meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on October 23.

It’s not clear whether U.S. officials will try to convene a trilateral session, but their same-day visits signal that the U.S. is deepening its efforts to tamp down the resurgent conflict, which has reportedly killed hundreds of combatants and civilians since late September.

The visits also offer the Trump administration a chance to showcase an attempt at global leadership just days before President Donald Trump faces reelection.

According to U.S. government documents seen by POLITICO, Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will meet first with Pompeo on Friday morning. His Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, will meet shortly afterwards with the U.S. Secretary of State.

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