BAKU (APA)–US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza, whose diplomatic mission ended, left Baku for Washington on Tuesday, Keith Bean, a spokesman at the US embassy reported.
Bryza, whose nomination was opposed by key members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee received a recent appointment by President Obama last year. Obama then renominated him for the position, but the Senate did not hold confirmation hearings, thus ending his nomination process.
US Charge d’Affaires Adam Sterling will hold office in Azerbaijan until the appointment of a new ambassador.
The Azeri Foreign Ministry said it hopes to strengthen ties with the US.
“Ambassador Matthew Bryza was a very strong, competent diplomat, who did much to develop the relations between the United States and Azerbaijan,”said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev,
“Of course, we would like to see the development of these relations on the rise,” he added.
“Of course, it is unpleasant to see incomprehensible developments, when senators or congressmen become an instrument in the hands of the Armenian lobby, thereby harming US interests. We recently observed a similar pattern during the criminalization of the denial of the so-called ‘Armenian genocide’ in France, which certainly affected the image of that country,”added Abdullayev.