News 11 january — 15:33

Americans urged to be very cautious in Azerbaijan (Baku is puzzled)

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The US Department of State has launched a new system for alerting American tourists travelling to other countries about the threats to their safety during their trips. Thus, Azerbaijan is included in the second category of countries in terms of the 'threat of terrorism.'

Also, the US Department of State does not recommend visiting Nagorno-Karabakh as a zone of armed conflict.

'Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan,' is noted in the recommendation of the State Department.

The US State Department's call to Americans not to visit Azerbaijan caused bewilderment in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, which made a special statement.

'It is very surprising that the US included Azerbaijan in this category, whereas in recent years the influx of tourists to the country has increased by 24 per cent, the number of foreign citizens arriving in Azerbaijan has exceeded 2.7 million people, the country held the first European Games, IV Games of Islamic Solidarity, Formula 1 race, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, other prestigious political, economic, sporting and cultural events of a high level,' states the Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry notes that, in addition to these events, meetings between the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the United States and the chief of the Russian general staff, the head of the NATO Military Committee and the chief of the General Staff of Russia were held in Azerbaijan.

The statement also emphasises that, along with other factors, the holding of such prestigious events by Azerbaijan is connected with ensuring a high level of stability, security and public order in the country. 'Azerbaijani government fully controls the situation with the security and operational situation in the country, excluding the Azerbaijani territories occupied by the Armenian armed forces. The continuation of the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories by Armenia continues to be the main threat to peace and security in the region,' says the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

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