Azerbaijan Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Gill emphasized the key role women play in economic growth and diversification in Azerbaijan, during his opening remarks today at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored conference on “Developing Women’s Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan.”  The conference was organized by USAID’s implementing partner, Entrepreneurship Development Foundation, as part of Global Entrepreneurship ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2019 Grants Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Large and Small Grants Programs   The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, visited the region from 29 October to 2 November. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss ...
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National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Azerbaijan

National Security Advisor John Bolton visited Baku on October 24, 2018, where he met with President Aliyev and Foreign Minister Mammadyarov, to discuss the strategic importance of the relationship between the United States and Azerbaijan.  The following is the transcript from a press conference held in Baku after those meetings. FULL TRANSCRİPT
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Minsk Group Co-Chairs meet Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on margins of UN General Assembly in New York

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) met separately and jointly with the Foreign Minister of Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, between 25 and 27 September on the margins of ...
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The United States Air Force celebrated the 71st anniversary of its creation

The United States Air Force celebrated the 71st anniversary of its creation on September 18th.  Colonel Adam Kavlick, Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, welcomed distinguished guests, including from the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, at a reception that evening in honor of the occasion.  Speaking about the U.S.-Azerbaijani military relationship, Colonel Kavlick said, “We ...
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Calling all American Citizens! Voting from outside the United States is easier than you might think.

Calling all American Citizens! Have you wondered whether you can vote in the upcoming election while living in Azerbaijan?  Voting from outside the United States is easier than you might think. Here’s how to make your voice heard in the November midterm elections. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.GOV to register ...
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Strengthening Research Capacities and Building International Partnership

We are pleased to  inform that upon the successful  application process, the US Embassy Baku has awarded ADA University to launch a new one-year project on “ Strengthening Research Capacities and Building International Partenrship ” aimed at enhancing research potential of the country and building academic partnerships with U.S. Universities. This will be a thrilling opportunity for ...
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Release of Ilgar Mammadov

The United States welcomes the decision of the Azerbaijani Court of Appeal to release Republican Alternative Party Chairman Ilgar Mammadov, whose conviction and imprisonment for over five years raised serious concerns about the rule of law in Azerbaijan. We call on the government to drop the charges against him, in keeping with its international obligations ...
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Press Statement: Crimea Declaration

Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, agreed to this principle in the United Nations Charter, pledging to refrain from ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Eroding Press Freedom in Russia

The Russian government continues to stifle press freedom and media independence. We condemn the selective targeting of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) under Russia’s law on “foreign agent” media outlets. RFE/RL and VOA remain the only media outlets designated under this law, which exacerbates long-standing restrictions on their distribution in ...
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U.S. Department of State Releases 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Government of Azerbaijan does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Azerbaijan remained on Tier 2. The government demonstrated increasing efforts by establishing a new victim assistance center to ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with Armenian officials

YEREVAN, 14 June 2018 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Defense Minister Davit ...
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Azerbaijan 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

The constitution stipulates the separation of state and religion and equality of all religions. It also protects the right of individuals to express their religious beliefs and practice religious rituals, provided these do not violate public order or public morality. The law prohibits the government from interfering in religious activities, but it also states the ...
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U.S. Embassy hosts Iftar dinner for Masalli women entrepreneurs

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Gill hosted an Iftar dinner in Masalli for local women entrepreneurs and other community members. Aybaniz Gafarova, Deputy Head of the Masalli Executive Committee, Gamar Javadli, Deputy Head of the Caucasus Muslim Board, and representatives of the State Committee for Work with Religious Associations, as well as UNDP representatives, also attended. ...
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Letter from President Trump to President Aliyev on the 25th Anniversary of the Caspian Oil and Gas Show

Congratulations to you and the people of Azerbaijan on the 25th anniversary of the International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and the first gas flowing into the Southern Gas Corridor. i join you in celebrating a major milestone in three decades of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the United States. As you also mark the 100th ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Azerbaijan National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate the Government and people of Azerbaijan on their Republic Day. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which was the first Muslim-majority parliamentary republic, and one of the first countries ...
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Azerbaijan Democratic Republic 100 Years Later: Celebrating Our History, Looking to the Future – William R. Gill, Chargé d’Affaires

The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic was extraordinary for its time, and its 100th anniversary reminds us it deserves to be studied, remembered, and honored.  Though the new republic’s existence was tragically short, in the unstable period following World War I, it is important not only to Azerbaijan, but to the world. The Azerbaijani delegates to the ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person is entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Around the world, far too many governments continue to arrest and abuse ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: “On the Occasion of Ramadan”

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I offer best wishes to Muslims around the world for a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. For those observing this month, it is a time of reverence, generosity, and spiritual introspection.  Ramadan is also a cherished time of community, often spent reconnecting with family and friends.  It ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov on 15 May. The Minister and Co-Chairs discussed modalities for ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia

The United States is concerned by the decision of de facto South Ossetian authorities to temporarily close controlled crossing points in Georgia along the administrative boundary line in the Russian-occupied territory of South Ossetia.  These closures coincide with Georgia’s celebration of Victory Day and restrict freedom of movement for residents living on both sides of ...
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United States Mission to the OSCE On the April 11 Presidential Election in Azerbaijan

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 19, 2018 The United States looks forward to working with President Aliyev and with the people of Azerbaijan on a range of important bilateral and regional issues, including promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, supporting economic reforms and prosperity, ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.  A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.  We thank them both. Tonight, I ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Protect Civil Society in Ukraine

The United States strongly encourages the government of Ukraine to repeal legislation that requires the asset declarations from civil society and international members of state-owned-enterprise supervisory boards.  Ukraine’s asset declaration system should hold public officials accountable and not place unnecessary burdens or pressure on civil society.  This punitive law targets those very individuals who seek ...
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Robert F. Cekuta: Impressions after Three Years as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

U.S. Engagement in a Strategically Important Country: Impressions after Three Years as Ambassador to Azerbaijan American Chamber of Commerce in Baku, Azerbaijan Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Thank you Natavan Xanim, thank you Nuran, and thanks too to all the members of American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan for inviting me to speak today.  It was ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan’s message on the Occasion of Nowruz

As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, ...
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Attributing Responsibility for the Nerve Agent Attack in the U.K.

The United States was in touch with our Allies in the United Kingdom ahead of today’s announcement, including in a call between Secretary Tillerson and Foreign Secretary Johnson this morning. We have full confidence in the UK’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack that took place in ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally.  We will continue to implement measures to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girls ...
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U.S., Azerbaijan help farmers make affordable animal feed in Imishli

Today, thanks to joint efforts between the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan and local citizens, residents of the villages of Nurulu and Shahverdili in the district of Imishli celebrated the completion of feed and seed-grinding centers that allow local farmers to make their own affordable animal feed for their cows and poultry. Even ...
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Community Building Initiatives Program

The Embassy of the United States of America in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support community building initiatives to increase inclusive growth and local community capacity development. This program seeks to promote the values that contribute to the growth of civic organizations and innovative individual initiatives to build Azerbaijan’s prosperity ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Third Anniversary of the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Three years ago, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated just outside the Kremlin.  As a leading figure of Russia’s democratic movement, a former Russian regional governor, and an energy minister as well as a deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov committed his life to public service and the goal of a freer and more prosperous Russia.  ...
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U.S. Helps Internally Displaced Young People Study English

Ambassador and Mrs. Robert F. Cekuta, along with Cabinet of Ministers representative Mahammad Guliyev, joined 33 students to kick off the “Knowledge is Power!” English language learning program at school No. 4 for internally displaced people (IDP) from Zangilan.  This program will provide Zangilan’s young people with English language skills, opening doors to other new ...
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UK&US Educated Alumni Networking Event

Today, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Gill and UK Deputy Head of Mission McCormick joined over 300 exchange alumni of U.S. and U.K. government sponsored programs. The alumni shared stories of their experiences in the U.S. and U.K., and how the skills they learned abroad have helped them in their education and careers. The U.S.-Educated ...
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Joint Statement on Turkey–U.S. Strategic Partnership

The Republic of Turkey and the United States, as allies and strategic partners, reaffirm their mutual and unequivocal commitment to each other’s security and defense. As Allies within NATO and strategic partners for over 65 years, both nations consider their relations as vital to furthering their shared goals and interests, as well as to the ...
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Press Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their meetings with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, met with President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 February and President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan on 9 ...
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USAID Transforms lives in Jojug Marjanli village

As of today, more than 3,000 people from Jojug Marjanli and three nearby communities will improve their livelihoods thanks to a new feed grinding facility. The facility will help save the time, money, and energy of residents by providing access to affordable feed for their animals in their own community. The project was co-financed by ...
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The American Roadshow program

The US Embassy is happy to announce The American Roadshow program, highlighting our newly re-opened American Corners in Ganja, Khachmaz, Salyan and Kurdemir. The American Roadshow will take great speakers to the American Corners to talk about culture, education, holidays, economy and business in America as well as about many other aspects of life in ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty

The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international agreement. The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia ...
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The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program that offers professional development seminars at a host university. The deadline for applications is 1 March, 2018. For more information and access to the online application, please visit our website:  https://az.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-programs/professional-development-non-degree-programs/ 
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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Again, I want to thank Foreign Minister Le Drian for hosting today’s signing ceremony for the launch of the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. This meeting was about two things: stopping chemical weapons attacks and denying impunity to those who use or enable the use of such weapons. ...
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Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli in Azerbaijan

Delegation of Canada to the OSCE / United States Mission to the OSCE Joint Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli in Azerbaijan – As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna, January 18, 2018 In light of our shared OSCE commitments and international obligations to respect freedom of expression, Canada ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: On the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli

The United States is disturbed by the January 12 sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to a six-year prison term.  Mr. Mukhtarli was reportedly abducted in Georgia on May 30 and subsequently arrested in Azerbaijan on smuggling and related charges, widely considered to be politically motivated. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to release Mr. ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: The Detention of Oyub Titiev of Russian NGO “Memorial”

We are troubled by the news that the head of the local Chechen branch office of the Russian human rights NGO Memorial, Oyub Titiev, has been arrested.  This is the latest in a string of reports of alarming recent human rights violations in Chechnya.   We call on Chechen authorities to immediately release Mr. Titiev and ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted, or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.  Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adopt, change, or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson On “The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances”

MS HARMAN:  Good morning.  I’m Jane Harman, president and CEO of the Wilson Center.  Happy to be talking to a packed crowd and to welcome Secretary Rex Tillerson back to the Wilson Center.  As you know, Mr. Secretary, the Wilson Center has a tradition of honoring business and political leaders who follow our 28th president’s ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
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Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries

On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna, we the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries — Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and French Permanent Representative Véronique Roger-Lacan — remain united in our commitment to mediating a peaceful settlement ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Russia’s Restrictive Media-Focused Legislation

New Russian legislation that allows the Ministry of Justice to label media outlets as “foreign agents” and to monitor or block certain internet activity presents yet another threat to free media in Russia. Freedom of expression—including speech and media which a government may find inconvenient—is a universal human rights obligation Russia has pledged to uphold. ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence. IDEVAW and the 16 Days ...
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Data Journalism Course

Data journalism is not a new concept any more. In established media outlets using data to tell compelling stories is a norm, and professional journalists use data on daily basis to strengthen their work with evidence. Recognizing the importance of data literacy, the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and Caucasus Research Resource Center launch a free Data ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Salyan American Corner

Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta and his spouse Mrs. Cekuta visited the Salyan American Corner at the Salyan Central Library, where they met with schoolchildren interested in education in the U.S. and attendees of the Corner’s educational and English Language programs. The American Corner Program, which includes a flagship Baku American Center at the Azerbaijan University ...
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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Regional Commercial Rail Security Training

On October 30 – November 3 the U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) office will hold Commercial Rail Interdiction Training.  Experts from the United States will share inspection techniques and best practices, including the use of non-intrusive inspection equipment, with frontline Azerbaijani and Georgian customs officers who process both passenger and freight ...
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U.S. Supports American Band’s Visit, Workshop with Local Musicians

The U.S. Embassy in Baku supported a visit by American jazz band the Kennedy Administration to Baku between October 27-29. to participate in the Baku Jazz Festival.   During the course of their visit to Azerbaijan, the U.S. Embassy organized a jazz workshop and jam session between the Kennedy Administration jazz band, and students and local ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at AmCham Luncheon

Good afternoon.  Welcome to all of you here today, and a special welcome to the members of the largest trade delegation ever to visit Azerbaijan from the United States. Since Azerbaijan’s renewed independence, the United States policy toward Azerbaijan has been consistent:  we are committed to a strong, stable, prosperous, democratic, independent Azerbaijan.  We are ...
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Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev held a summit today in Geneva, Switzerland. Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov also attended the meeting, which was organized under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the ...
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NEW ENTRY PERIOD FOR DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM – DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those ...
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U.S. Trade Mission brings 14 U.S. Companies and 27 Participants to Azerbaijan

From October 16-18, The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce will lead a trade mission of 14 U.S. companies to Azerbaijan.  There are 27 participants on the mission, making it the largest trade mission of U.S. companies to Azerbaijan ever.  The companies represent a broad swath of commercial sectors, and ...
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Art In Embassies | U.S. Embassy Azerbaijan

The Art In Embassies Program is a public-private partnership that promotes cultural diplomacy through exhibitions, permanent collections, site-specific commissions and two-way artist exchanges in more than 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. The collection here in Azerbaijan at the Ambassador’s Residence contains many pieces that reflect Ambassador Cekuta and Mrs. Cekuta’s love of nature and ...
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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group following their visit to Yerevan and Baku

YEREVAN / BAKU 7 October 2017 The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan on 6 October and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 7 October to finalize ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta at The Silk Road Summit – 2nd Annual Conference

First of all, thank you very much to The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition for the invitation to speak to you today, and congratulations on today’s program covering so many important concerns. I would like to say a few words as someone on the ground, who is looking at the practical as well ...
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Upcoming OSCE Co-chair visit to region

Mr. Andrew J. Schofer, the new U.S. Co-Chair for the OSCE Minsk Group, will pay his first visit to Yerevan and Baku this week to meet with local officials and to get a firsthand look at the situation on the ground.  While in the region, Mr. Schofer will also join his fellow Minsk Group Co-Chairs for high-level meetings.‎ The U.S. supports ...
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U.S. Embassy Opens Salyan American Corner

Alicia Allison, Director of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts at the Department of State, and Caroline Savage, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer, opened the Salyan American Corner, located at the Salyan Central Library, and spoke about the importance of the American Corner as a resource for the local community.  Representatives of Salyan’s Executive Committee and ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Dr. Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh’s Memorial Ceremony

I approach the podium today with trepidation.  An amateur historian, a student of the liberal arts, a mathphobe, I have been asked to talk about one of the world’s great mathematicians, a man whose discoveries, whose imagination, whose thoughts have had an immeasurable impact within the fields of mathematics as well as electronics and computer ...
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US Ambassador Opens Khachmaz American Corner

Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta opened the Khachmaz American Corner, located at the Khachmaz Central Library, and spoke about the importance of the American Corner as a resource for the local community. Representatives of Khachmaz’s Executive Committee and Ministry of Culture were also present. The Ambassador presented new materials to the library for the space that ...
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Ambassador Cekuta attends an international conference hosted by ANAMA and NATO NSPA

Ambassador Cekuta joins Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Abid Sharifov, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, Mr. James Appathurai, and ANAMA Director Mr. Gazanfar Ahmadov at an international conference hosted by ANAMA and NATO NSPA to discuss the current status of NATO PfP Trust Fund humanitarian demining project in Jeyranchel, Azerbaijan. Since 1999, the ...
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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

NEW YORK CITY, 23 September 2017 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France, and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) met separately and then jointly with the Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, and the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, on 22-23 ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the 9th Community of Democracies Governing Council Ministerial

Good morning, all, and welcome to the ninth ministerial of the meeting of the Community of Democracies. It’s really an honor for us to host this ministerial here in Washington in the United States for the first time, and so welcome to all of you, and we’re just delighted that you are here. I also ...
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Ambassador Cekuta: Maine’s Windsor Fair an Opportunity to Celebrate what Azerbaijan and Maine’s Farmers have in Common

Azerbaijan is approximately the same size as the state of Maine, which is located in the far northeastern part of the United States.  My wife Anne and I have a tree farm in Maine, and have been coming there with our family for many years to learn about, enjoy, and conserve the magnificence of the ...
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Appointment of U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 28, 2017   The United States is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Andrew Schofer as the next U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group for Nagorno-Karabakh. Mr. Schofer brings extensive experience in Europe and International Organizations to the position, and most recently served as ...
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Statement on the Assault on Media Freedom in Azerbaijan

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 26, 2017 We are deeply troubled by the August 24 arrest and three month pretrial detention of Mehman Aliyev, the prominent editor-in-chief of Azerbaijan’s only remaining independent media outlet, Turan Information Agency. Other restrictive actions against Turan, including freezing its bank accounts and initiating tax evasion ...
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2016 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary The constitution stipulates the separation of state and religion and equality of all religions. It also protects the right of individuals to express their religious beliefs and carry out religious rituals, provided these do not violate public order or public morality. The law prohibits the government from interfering in religious activities, but also ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a party.  The United States fully supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and rejects Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia is a party.  The United States fully supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and rejects Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: On Sanctions Legislation

The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope that there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues and these sanctions will no longer be necessary. We will ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia.  We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release any members ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 – Azerbaijan

Overview:  Azerbaijan maintained its strong counterterrorism cooperation with the United States and actively opposed terrorist organizations seeking to move people, money, and materiel through the Caucasus region.  The country remained focused on counterterrorism efforts that included prosecuting individuals under statutes related to terrorism, arresting foreign terrorist fighters returning to Azerbaijan from conflicts abroad, and conducting ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: On the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Attempted Coup in Turkey

One year ago, Turkey’s brave and dedicated citizens of all backgrounds and political views defended their democracy against an attempted coup. We reaffirm the United States’ steadfast support for Turkey’s democracy and democratic institutions. We offer our condolences to the friends and loved ones of those injured or killed during the coup attempt. Today, the ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State: Honoring the Memory of Journalists Natalya Estemirova and Paul Klebnikov

Today, we mark with sadness the eighth anniversary of the murder of human rights defender and journalist Natalya Estemirova and the thirteenth anniversary of the murder of American journalist and editor Paul Klebnikov, both killed in Russia. Ms. Estemirova, renowned for her writing and activism on human rights abuses in the North Caucasus, was kidnapped ...
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President Trump’s vision for America abroad

Interested in learning more about American Foreign Policy priorities? Here is a quote from the latest opinion piece by our National Security Advisor and the director of the National Economic Council. “America champions the dignity of every person, affirms the equality of women, celebrates innovation, protects freedom of speech and of religion, and supports free ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks at the World Petroleum Council Congress Opening Ceremony

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much for the very kind recognition, and it is a real delight to be with all of you this evening. I want to thank Dr. Toth. I certainly want to thank the World Petroleum Congress for this very prestigious award and the recognition. When I was notified that I ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta at Fourth of July Reception

Mr. Minister, Excellencies, dear friends – welcome to our Fourth of July celebration.  Thank you for joining us this evening. This year, as well as celebrating 241 years of U.S. independence, we celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan.  It is also 99 years since Azerbaijan became an independent state in 1918, inaugurating a ...
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Caucasus Youth Leadership Program (CYLP) Youth Entrepreneurship Program 2017

Secondary school students from Azerbaijan are invited to apply for participation in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Azerbaijan and Georgia, the On-Demand Caucasus Youth Leadership Program 2017 which will take place August 28-Sept 23, 2017.  The program will employ a highly interactive approach both in workshops and in a range of public and community settings. ...
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Statement by U.S. Department of State on Recent Violence and Casualties in Nagorno-Karabakh

The United States is deeply concerned over the recent violations of the ceasefire, which have resulted in multiple casualties on the Line of Contact over the last week. We urge the sides to avoid escalation and encourage immediate consideration of measures to reduce tensions along the Line of Contact and the international border between Armenia ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: 2017 Formula 1 Race — Baku Road and Pedestrian Restrictions

June 19, 2017 The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Azerbaijan of the upcoming road and pedestrian restrictions that will be implemented in Baku during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. Road closures and other security measures will significantly affect traffic and restrict access to the Boulevard and city center from Monday, June 19, ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta’s Remarks at Iftar Hosted at His Residence

As-salaam-u-alaikum.  I am very pleased to welcome you to the Residence for tonight’s Iftar.  It is an honor to host you. I would like to welcome all of the distinguished religious leaders, government officials, and diplomatic colleagues, and I especially want to acknowledge Rashad Aliyarli, from the Caucasus Muslim Board who is with us this ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Exchange Programs

Every year, Department of State offers international education opportunities for many students around the world. This June Bureau of Exchange programs is showcasing how the programs help to promote diversity. You can always explore the international education opportunities available for your country here: http://exchanges.state.gov
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Statement by U.S. Department of State on the abduction and arrest of Afgan Mukhtarli

The United States is disturbed by the reported abduction in Tbilisi, Georgia, and subsequent arrest in Azerbaijan of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on May 30. We are also troubled by the May 25 arrest in Azerbaijan of deputy Popular Front Party chairperson Gozal Bayramli. We urge the government of Azerbaijan to release all those incarcerated ...
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U.S. Embassy celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Baku American Center

U.S. Embassy celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Baku American Center, together with hundreds of American Center staff, volunteers, and patrons. During the event, Ambassador Cekuta talked about the successes of the American Center and our continued engagement with Azerbaijan. Over the past decade, more than a quarter of a million visitors have attended events ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, including our Afghan partners, members of the diplomatic and international communities, and many innocent Afghan citizens. We pray for a speedy recovery to the American and Afghan members ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen our communities.  At its core, the spirit of Ramadan ...
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Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.
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President Donald J. Trump visited the 9/11 Memorial at NATO headquarters

During his visit to Brussels, President Donald J. Trump visited the 9/11 Memorial at NATO headquarters. The Memorial – a steel beam from the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower in New York City – commemorates the support America’s NATO Allies and partners offered after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The ...
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Planning to study as International Student in the U.S.

You can enhance your educational experience in the U.S. by taking advantage of study abroad and exchange programs. Through these opportunities, students can travel, immerse themselves in different cultures, enroll in language courses, take part in research opportunities and strengthen their global contacts. Here are three steps you should take to plan for your study ...
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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France, and Richard Hoagland of the United States of America, released the following statement today: According to information collected from multiple reliable sources, on 15 May, Azerbaijani armed forces fired a missile across the Line of Contact, striking military equipment. ...
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Atlas Corps Professional fellowship

We are pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 12- to 18-month professional fellowship, funded by The U.S. Department of State. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. People with 2 to 10 years of experience working on social ...
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2017 Education Conference

From April 28-30 AAA – The US-Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association, ADA University and Azərbaycan Texnologiya Universiteti organized the education conference “ Finance and Entrepreneurial Activities at Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Perspectives ” in Baku and Ganja, which included international experts from NA, Europe and Hong-Kong. Professor Noah Drezner of Columbia University was one of the keynote speakers, discussing financing in higher education. The conference was ...
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Chargé d’Affaires William Gill delivered opening remarks at the AzETA 12th International Conference

Chargé d’Affaires William Gill delivered opening remarks at the AzETA 12th International Conference of Teachers and talked about the role of AzETA and the importance of English language learning for Azerbaijan’s development. He pointed out the role of teachers in preparing Azerbaijan’s future leaders and praised AzETA for providing continuing professional development for English teachers ...
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Ambassador Cekuta participated in OTC event

An Azerbaijani delegation led by the Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev participated in the The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). 16 participants from Azerbaijan had a chance to meet energy professionals from other countries, to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Ambassador Cekuta also participated in the ...
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Ambassador Robert Cekuta gives interview to APA News Agency

Mr. Ambassador you have discussed at your last meeting with Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Natig Aliyev the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) to be held in Houston early May, noting that the event was an important platform for energy experts to exchange ideas in order to improve their scientific-technical knowledge on environmental issues. You also noted the ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. They are the guardians of democratic values and ideals. The ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Europe Travel Alert

UNITED STATES EMBASSY BAKU, AZERBAIJAN Message for U.S. Citizens: Europe Travel Alert May 2, 2017 The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State ...
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GIPA Master’s in Journalism Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) is soliciting applications from Azerbaijani citizens for a Master’s Degree program in Journalism and Media Management, offered by the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management. The U.S. Embassy in Baku will provide full tuition support and financial assistance for ...
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2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program! Fully sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides opportunities for Azerbaijani youth to continue their education via master’s degree studies in the U.S. universities. All applications must be submitted online by June 5th, 2017. For more detailed ...
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Gala Night in honor of 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Azerbaijan

The U.S. Embassy held a Gala Night at the Mugham Center in honor of 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Azerbaijan. Event featured American and Azerbaijani jazz performed by visiting American vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli and acclaimed artist Sevda AlekperZadeh. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id ...
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Five students of Baku State University’s Law School to take part in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Five students of Baku State University’s Law School and their coach traveled to the United States to take part in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition — a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.  The event they are attending is ...
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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

YEREVAN, 29 March 2017 – The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France and Richard Hoagland of the United States of America), together with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, traveled to Baku (March 11), Yerevan (March 27) and Nagorno-Karabakh (March 28). The main purpose of the ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Nowruz Message

I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, ...
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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

Moscow, Paris, Washington, 26 February, 2017 The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France and Richard Hoagland of the United States of America, released the following statement today: According to reports from the Ministries of Defense of Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as other sources, in the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s remarks at the UN Security Council “Conflicts in Europe” session

“Thank you, Foreign Minister Klimkin, for chairing this important and timely open debate.  Thank you also to Secretary-General Guterres, Secretary-General Zannier, and Secretary-General Schmid for your comprehensive briefings. It can be tempting to take Europe’s peace and security for granted.  Europe is a continent of strong, stable democracies.  And Europe is a continent of flourishing ...
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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program provides international teachers with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The TEA Program is a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: February 3, 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Dream of studying in the United States?

Don’t know where to get started? Before applying for a program in the U.S., you need to do a lot of research and gather information about the state, city, school, program, and courses offered during your study. Tomorrow we are going to Lives Stream Education USA’s presentation on “How to Research U.S. Universities”. You can ...
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President Trump’s Inaugural Address

REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its ...
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Appointment of Ambassador Hoagland as the U.S. Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will assume the position of U.S. Co-Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group on an interim basis starting in January 2017. He replaces Ambassador James B. Warlick, who will step down on December 31. Ambassador Hoagland brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience to the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:Security Incident in Baku – December 4, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan is aware of media reports of the Azerbaijan State Security Service fatally shooting an individual with purported ties to terrorist organizations.  The individual is believed to have been preparing to perpetrate a suicide bombing incident.  The incident took place on Saturday, December 3, near the Bina Shopping Center in ...
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Europe Travel Alert November 21, 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), ...
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LATEST REPORTS

Fiscal Transparency Report On July 28, the U.S. Department of State released the 2016 Fiscal Transparency Report, which assesses Azerbaijan’s budget processes and information about the budget as well as processes for awarding government contracts and licenses for natural resource extraction.  The 2016 report concludes that Azerbaijan has made significant progress toward achieving the standards ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta’s Remarks during the celebration of Independence Day

Mr. Minister, Excellencies, dear friends – welcome to our annual Fourth of July celebration. Thank you for joining us. This year, we mark two important anniversaries: 240 years of American and 25 years of Azerbaijani independence. It’s a perfect time for our two countries to reflect on what binds us, on how far we’ve come, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Gathering near the U.S. Embassy- June 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a gathering is expected to take place on Azadliq Avenue near the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, today, Monday, June 13 at approximately 3:00 PM. An increased police and security presence is expected. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. You ...
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Formula 1 Updates – June 7, 2016

With the start of the Formula 1 Race in Baku right around the corner, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is helping U.S. citizens prepare for a safe and successful stay in Baku and throughout Azerbaijan.  We invite you to explore and share the following resources containing essential travel information for visitors and residents: For the ...
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Europe Travel Alert – May 31, 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater ...
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U. S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s Remarks after June 23-24 Trip to Azerbaijan

I am really pleased to be back in Azerbaijan. During this visit, I have had the chance to meet the President, Foreign Minister, opposition groups, and recently released political prisoners. My goal has been to institutionalize the deepening cooperation with Azerbaijan across the three aspects of our relationship: security, economy and energy, and democracy and ...
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Europe Travel Alert

In light of upcoming high visibility public events in Azerbaijan, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the Europe Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 22, 2016: Europe Travel Alert The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 ...
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Security Message: Escalation of Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

The U.S. Embassy is aware of media reports indicating that the escalation of ceasefire violations continues in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories and along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.  The situation remains fluid and there have been reports of civilian casualties.  U.S. citizens currently present in Nagorno-Karabakh are advised to leave. The U.S. Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-scale Ceasefire Violations in Nagorno-Karabakh – 04/02/2016

U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-scale Ceasefire Violations in Nagorno-Karabakh April 2, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Baku informs U.S. citizens of the reported large-scale ceasefire violations that are taking place along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict zone, which include reports of civilian casualties.   The U.S. Embassy ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert-Europe – 03/22/2016

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016. U.S. ...
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Worldwide Caution – March 3, 2016

Europe Middle East and North Africa Africa South Asia Central Asia East Asia and Pacific The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ...
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Personal Safety and Security Reminder

Azerbaijan Security Message for U.S Citizens: Personal Safety and Security Reminder January 15, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Baku informs U.S. citizens that reports of thefts and other property crimes in Azerbaijan have increased. We remind U.S. citizens to maintain appropriate safety and security practices. U.S. citizens should ensure all members of the household and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens; Travel Alert – Worldwide

U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan Message for U.S. Citizens; Travel Alert – Worldwide November 24, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Security Awareness

U.S. Embassy Baku Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Continued Security Awareness November 16, 2015 In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the U.S. Embassy in Baku reminds U.S. citizens in Azerbaijan to review the Worldwide Caution , which provides information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens ...
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