On July 4, Secretary Clinton met with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the Presidential Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan. Secretary Clinton said:
"I am both honored and delighted to be here for my first visit to Baku, and to your country. And it is especially appropriate that I am here on our Independence Day, because I know that your country has worked very hard during the last few years to establish a strong foundation for economic and social progress.
"I am very committed to our relationship. You and I have had several long and very substantive conversations over the last 18 months. And the issues that you mentioned are of importance to us. And I think it is significant that we have this opportunity for a very comprehensive discussion.
"And so, again, I thank you for welcoming me here. It's such a beautiful day right here, on the Caspian Sea, in the spirit of friendship and partnership between our two countries."