US: ‘tangible progress’ in Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Armenia and Azerbaijan have made “tangible progress” in four days of U.S.-hosted peace talks between the two former Soviet republics that have repeatedly clashed over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The talks did not produce a peace agreement, but Blinken said Thursday that he believed a deal could be “within sight” and praised the two sides for coming together for the negotiations. The closed-door discussions were held far from the media spotlight at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in northern Virginia. Neither the Armenian nor the Azeri foreign minister spoke at the closing ceremony.