(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 23. Azerbaijan has a
long border with Iran, which needs defending, US Secretary of State
Antony Blinken said answering provocative questions from
pro-Armenian Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, trend reports.
Menendez was expressing concern with the US providing military
education to Azerbaijan.
Blinken reminded that that were practical reasons for that.
"One is to actually strengthen, as you know, the
interoperability between their forces, ours, NATO's, they engage in
peacekeeping," Blinken said.
He went on to note that Azerbaijan shares border with Iran - a
reality, which falls in line with Azerbaijan raising the level of
its military preparedness.
Blinken also spoke about the role of the US in normalization of
the Azerbaijan-Armenia relations.
"I've been very engaged on seeing what we can do to help Armenia
and Azerbaijan come to peace agreement," he said in particular.
Speaking at a hearing in the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations, the secretary of State also expressed hope that the
peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia will be signed
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