28 Feb 2023 14:52

Azerbaijani FM invites Armenia to resume in-person peace talks

BAKU. Feb 28 (Interfax) - Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has said he does not view online diplomacy as an effective method of peace treaty negotiations between Baku and Yerevan and has urged Yerevan to resume in-person meetings.

"Armenia rejected a meeting [of the foreign ministers in Moscow] in December, and an online exchange of comments began. Azerbaijan does not view online diplomacy as the most effective method of peace treaty negotiations," Bayramov said at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Baku on Tuesday.

Bayramov said he was hoping Armenia understood that such an approach harmed the negotiating process. "Azerbaijan is ready for negotiations, including in-person meetings," he said.

Bayramov said on February 26 that Baku and Yerevan had shifted to online diplomacy at the peace treaty talks. "The sides are exchanging their terms. Time will show whether that's efficient," he said back then.