The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev both sent congratulatory messages to U.S. President Joe Biden on the occasion of their Independence Day on 4 July.
In his message to the President, Prime Minister Pashinyan wrote:
"We highly appreciate the position of the United States in supporting the territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy of the Republic of Armenia, which was demonstrated in practice during the years 2021-2022."
"We also highly appreciate the efforts of the USA in the direction of establishing long-lasting and sustainable peace in the South Caucasus, normalising Armenia-Azerbaijan relations, and addressing the rights and security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh."
On his part, President Aliyev wrote:
"Presently, a favorable environment has emerged for ushering in lasting peace in the South Caucasus. We highly appreciate the efforts by the U.S. in normalising Armenia-Azerbaijan relations and the process of preparing the peace agreement based on the norms and principles of international law."
"Today, we are determined to capitalise on the substantial potential of joint activity across a number of domains and further expand our ties with the U.S. I am confident that we will continue our consistent efforts to develop and solidify the Azerbaijan-U.S. partnership, stemming from mutual trust and support, in line with the interests of our states and for the sake of prosperity of our peoples."