Vedant Patel

Vedant Patel

Washington D.C./17.02.23/Turan:   The Biden Administration "continues to work on" peace in the South Caucasus, the State Department said on Thursday.

"... It's something that the Secretary [Antony Blinken] himself is quite focused on as well," Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel told TURAN's Washington correspondent during a daily press briefing.

"We welcome any efforts that will help us get to a durable peace," he said ahead of Blinken's trip at the Munich Security Conference.

TURAN's correspondent asked Patel whether Louis Bono, recently appointed Caucasus Negotiator, was accompanying the Secretary in Munich and/or if he was planning to visit the region.

"I don't want to speak to any travel," Patel said, adding that there's "certainly no barrier."

Secretary Blinken on February 1 appointed career diplomat Bono as Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations to replace Ambassador Philip Reeker, who recently retired from this position.

Alex Raufoglu

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