The U.S. State Department issues a press release in connection with the presidential elections in Azerbaijan
“The United States notes the comments in the OSCE statement on constructive steps taken by the Government of Azerbaijan during the election campaign, including the successful registration of Jamil Hasanli and certain other opposition candidates, authorization of some opposition campaign rallies, the decision to invite the OSCE to observe the election, and efficient technical preparation for the election”, APA reports quoting the press release issued by the Department of State in connection with the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
The press release noted that the United States continuously urges the Government of Azerbaijan to ensure a free and fair electoral process and to respect the freedoms of assembly, association, and speech.
The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly highlighted in their October 10 preliminary statement serious shortcomings that need to be addressed in order for Azerbaijan to fully meet its OSCE commitments.
The press release also notes that USA supporting the people of Azerbaijan and working with the Government to further efforts to achieve Azerbaijan’s full potential as a stable, prosperous, and democratic member of the international community.