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USAID Head Arrives in Baku Following Armenia Visit

Following her visit to Armenia this week, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) head Samantha Power arrived in Azerbaijan today.

Power, accompanied by U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Yuri Kim, traveled to the Armenian-Azerbaijani border to witness the plight of thousands of Armenians fleeing Karabakh.

She announced the U.S. will provide $11.5 million in humanitarian aid to assist those displaced from Karabakh.

According to the USAID office in Baku, Power will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss the humanitarian situation in Karabakh and the importance of following through on the commitments made by Azerbaijan on the issue.

“During her visit, the Administrator will also address the prospects for a durable and dignified peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, based on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” reads a statement released by the USAID Baku office.

Since 1991, USAID has invested $431 million in programs to support Azerbaijanis, including humanitarian relief, the health sector, and economic and governance reform.

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

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