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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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