From Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico

18 october 2013, 13:50

Dear President Aliyev,

Congratulations to you on your election and to the people of Azerbaijan on another milestone in strengthening your country`s civil institutions. Nationwide elections offer a choice to voters and represent an important part of the democratic process.

The United States and Azerbaijan enjoy a strong partnership based on shared strategic interests, and it is my hope that our nations will continue to work together to prevent the spread of extremism and promote tolerance and prosperity globally. As an American, I greatly appreciate Azerbaijan`s many contributions to U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

Additionally, our common efforts to enhance Europe`s energy security benefit from the recent selection of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) as the European route for the Southern Gas Corridor. The United States and our European allies recognize the leadership Azerbaijan has demonstrated on the energy front.

Our shared values should always include a vision for greater diversity and tolerance, as well as respect for minorities and human rights. These are fundamental building blocks for any democratic system.

Mr. President, I wish you and the Azerbaijani people every success as you lead your nation forward.

Sincerely,

Susana Martinez
Governor of the State of New Mexico