Nancy Pelosi travels to Armenia on Saturday after clashes with Azerbaijan

New controversy in sight? This Friday, the speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, indicated that she would go to Armenia on Saturday, which recently faced violent clashes on its border with Azerbaijan.

“Tomorrow we will visit Armenia,” said Nancy Pelosi, answering a question to that effect during a press conference held on the occasion of the two-day meeting of the speakers of the G7 parliaments, in Berlin.

Joe Biden, first US president to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

Stating that the Armenians had made an invitation a long time ago, she refused to “give more details about the visit” for security reasons. Nancy Pelosi added that the visit was taking place under the sign of “respect for human rights and respect for the dignity of each person”.

Joe Biden was the first sitting US president to call the death of one and a half million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a “genocide”, angering Turkey.

200 dead in fighting with Azerbaijan

The US official’s visit will come as more than 200 people have died in recent fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, with both sides blaming each other. These clashes erupted on Tuesday and ended in international mediation on Thursday night.

This is an unprecedented escalation since 2020 threatening to torpedo a fragile peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two rival countries in the Caucasus.

The Caucasian neighbors have fought two wars – in 2020 and in the 1990s – over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan.

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