02/01/2021 United States (International Christian Concern) – Last month, FBI officials executed a search warrant on the Texas home of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) concerning an investigation into Azerbaijani government connections. Although no charges have been brought against the congressman, the raid illuminates the pervasive nature of Azerbaijani lobby groups in Washington, D.C., that actively undermine the interests of Armenian Christians in Congress.
The FBI conducted the raid as part of a federal grand jury investigation relating to Azerbaijan’s conduct with Congressman Cuellar and several American businessmen, according to a report from the Armenian Assembly of America.
“This kind of corruption enables genocidal policies like the atrocities that occurred in Nagorno-Karabakh during the 2020 44-day war,” said Van Krikorian and Anthony Barsamian, co-chairs of the Assembly. “We urge Members to disassociate from Congressional Azerbaijan and Turkish caucuses.”
Last year, International Christian Concern (ICC) published two reports concerning the religious freedom violations of Azerbaijan and Turkey during the war in Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenian: Artsakh) and the continuing humanitarian needs of the Artsakh community. ICC staff conducted thorough advocacy alongside the Assembly to inform members of Congress and the State Department of the crimes committed against Armenian Christians living in Artsakh.
ICC welcomes the federal probe of Azerbaijani connections in Washington to root out damaging Azerbaijani influence in U.S. foreign policy towards Artsakh. Azerbaijan and Turkey continued to cover up their genocidal actions during the 44-day war and further erased the Christian history of the region.
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