U.S. Embassy Donates Trees in Honor of Local Staff

The U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan is pleased to announce a project to honor our Azerbaijani staff as part of Foreign Service National Recognition Day.  To recognize our more than 335 local staff, American Embassy staff donated a tree for each local staff member. 2021 had been an especially difficult year, but we have joined …

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Statement in Response to the Minsk Group Co-Chairs

As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian to the Permanent Council, Vienna Thank you, Madam Chair. The United States joins our colleagues in welcoming Andrew Schofer, Ambassador Igor Khovaev, and Ambassador Brice Roquefeuil, Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group, together with the Chairpersonship’s Personal Representative, Ambassador Kasprzyk, to the Permanent Council today. The United States attaches …

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Statement by Secretary Blinken on Fighting Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States is deeply concerned about reports of intensive fighting today between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We urge both sides to take immediate concrete steps to reduce tensions and avoid further escalation.  We also call on the sides to engage directly and constructively to resolve all outstanding issues, including border demarcation. As noted in the Minsk Group …

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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Andrew Schofer of the United States of America, Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation, and Brice Roquefeuil of France) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs view with deep concern recent incidents in the region, including those along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The Co-Chairs call on the sides to …

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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

PARIS, 11 November 2021 The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Andrew Schofer of the United States of America, Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation, and Brice Roquefeuil of France) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs met separately in Paris with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan on November …

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Recognizing the One-Year Anniversary of the Ceasefire Declaration Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson This week, the United States and the international community recognize the one-year anniversary of the ceasefire declaration that ended 44 days of intense fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the South Caucasus. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured during the hostilities last year. …

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Updates on U.S. Travel Policy Requiring Vaccination

As of November 8, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Because …

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U.S. Supports Humanitarian Demining Operations

To promote regional peace and cooperation, the United States is pleased to announce $500,000 for humanitarian demining operations in areas affected by the fall 2020 intensive fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the South Caucasus.  Landmines and unexploded ordnance across the conflict zone continue to kill and maim civilians, block economic development, and impede …

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Deputy assistant secretary Erika Olson visits Azerbaijan

Erika Olson, the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to promote regional reconciliation and discuss bilateral issues.  While in Baku, DAS Olson will meet with representatives of the Azerbaijani government and civil society, as well …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Olson will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

Erika Olson, the newly appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will travel to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia to promote regional cooperation and discuss bilateral issues. While in Yerevan, DAS Olson will participate in a regional Chiefs of Mission meeting in November 2-4, joining …

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Statement by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Stephane Visconti of France, Andrew Schofer of the United States of America, and Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs held consultations with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Vice President Gilles Carbonnier …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Hogan Meets OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Dereck Hogan and National Security Council Senior Director for Europe Amanda Sloat, met on September 27 with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Stephane Visconti of France, Andrew Schofer of the United States, and Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation, as well as Personal Representative of the OSCE …

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USAID’s Socio-Economic development activity program concludes

At today’s Fifth Conference on Community Development, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its decade-long partnership with the people and the Government of Azerbaijan in the context of USAID’s Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA).  The 10-year SEDA program has contributed to the strengthening of citizen participation and the partnership between citizens and public …

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USAID supports citizen engagement in improving infrastructure in Balakan, Gakh and Zagatala

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Azerbaijan Dr. Jaidev Singh joined citizens of Balakan, Gakh and Zagatala to inaugurate projects supporting their communities funded by USAID. Citizens in these communities contributed significant time and money to improve community infrastructure by improving non-potable water supply and building a safe playground for children. These …

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Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku

Last week Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku. The Economic Section’s visit to the Port of Baku helped to illustrate the important role the port plays in Trans-Caspian trade. Did you know that Baku Port was named the first Green Port in the Caspian region in 2019 by the …

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U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) conducted a series of meetings and implemented a training seminar in Baku

Last week the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) conducted a series of meetings and implemented a training seminar in Baku with the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations. DTRA enables the U.S. Government and International Partners to counter and deter weapons of mass destruction and emerging threats. The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Executive Seminar …

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Ambassador Litzenberger hosted the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan

Ambassador Litzenberger hosted Vladanka Andreeva, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan, at the U.S. Embassy for a meeting today. We are pleased to work with the UN and other international organizations in Azerbaijan on a variety of projects and shared priorities. One example is our global effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our …

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Ambassador Litzenberger delivered keynote remarks at the 2021 Naval Postgraduate School Regional Energy Security Symposium.

The Symposium, held by the Center of Excellence in EU Studies at ADA University in partnership with the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, the Naval Postgraduate School, BP in Azerbaijan, and State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) brought together high-caliber professionals and decision-makers from ministries, foreign missions, and experts of academic …

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CDC Warning Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Azerbaijan

Key Information for Travelers to Azerbaijan Avoid travel to Azerbaijan. If you must travel to Azerbaijan, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel. Because of the current situation in Azerbaijan, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants. See  recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers . See  recommendations for unvaccinated travelers . Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Azerbaijan, …

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Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

08/29/2021 10:22 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El …

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Ambassador visited the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association in Nakhchivan

While in Nakhchivan, Ambassador visited the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association to meet with a group of Nakhchivani women entrepreneurs. These women received business training and seed money for their businesses via a grant from the U.S. Embassy. We are confident that these female entrepreneurs will be able to use their new skills to support their families …

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Ambassador Litzenberger hiked to the top of Alinja Fortress in Nakhchivan

During his trip, Ambassador Litzenberger hiked to the top of Alinja Fortress, one of the most impressive attractions in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Aside from the incredible view of the surrounding villages, the Ambassador and his team were delighted to see a group of eagles flying overhead, and a family of mountain goats scurrying up …

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2021 cohort of Fulbright Visiting Scholars

We were delighted to welcome to the Embassy the 2021 cohort of Fulbright Visiting Scholars, who will soon depart for a year of conducting research at some of America’s most prestigious universities. And special thanks to the recently returned Fulbright scholars, who joined the meeting to answer questions on living in the United States. America’s …

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Ambassador Litzenberger received a warm welcome for his first-ever trip to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic

On Monday, Ambassador Litzenberger received a warm welcome for his first-ever trip to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, where he met with local government officials, academics and recipients of U.S. funded grants and scholarships. During his visit, he has also visited some of Nakhchivan’s most important cultural and historical sites. The United States strongly believes in …

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13 young Azerbaijanis departed Baku to spend a year studying at high schools spread across the United States

This morning 13 young Azerbaijanis departed Baku to spend a year studying at high schools spread across the United States, part of the 2021-2022 cohort of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. These outstanding young people will spend the next 10 months representing Azerbaijan in the United States, while receiving a unique experience in American …

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Azerbaijan and Oklahoma are deepening and widening their longstanding friendship

When Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt brought his team to Azerbaijan, he was accompanied by representatives of his state’s two leading universities The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University . While here, they strengthened their existing ties with Azerbaijani universities and explored creating new partnerships. Just another way Azerbaijan and Oklahoma are deepening and widening their longstanding friendship!

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Ambassador Litzenberger met some of the master craftspeople who are keeping Sheki’s remarkable tradition of shebeka stained glass alive

Ambassador Litzenberger met some of the master craftspeople who are keeping Sheki’s remarkable tradition of shebeka stained glass alive. The Embassy is working with #UGRAD alumnus Elshad Yusif to help train new masters and market their beautiful work to art lovers all over the world.

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID/Azerbaijan water project in Gakh

Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID/Azerbaijan water project in Gakh that is providing much-needed clean water to more than 400 residents of Garadolag village. The Embassy is delighted to play a role in helping improve the quality of life for Azerbaijan’s rural citizens.

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited Sheki Central Hospital and a training center established with USAID/Azerbaijan support

Ambassador Litzenberger visited Sheki Central Hospital and a training center established with USAID/Azerbaijan support. The Ambassador thanked Azerbaijani health care professionals for the crucial role they played during the global COVID pandemic and congratulated them on their commitment. The training center at Sheki Central Hospital is a part of the USAID PROACT-Training project which trained more …

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Azerbaijan State Agriculture University and Oklahoma State University signed a memorandum of understanding

It was a historic visit to Ganja as Azerbaijan State Agriculture University and Oklahoma State University signed a memorandum of understanding that will pave the way for future cooperation between the two universities, leading to new agricultural innovation. On hand to participate in the signing were Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, …

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Ambassador Litzenberger was delighted to greet this year’s class of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX)

Ambassador Litzenberger was delighted to greet this year’s class of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program as they prepare to depart for their year studying at high schools located all across the United States. Ambassador Litzenberger explained to the 20 participants that the Embassy is counting on them to explain Azerbaijan to Americans and – …

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt met with Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov

Oklahoma’s friendship with Azerbaijan grew new roots in 2019 with the Oklahoma-Azerbaijan Agricultural Forum. Today, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur met with Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov to explore new ways to help Oklahoma’s and Azerbaijan’s farmers learn from each other and work together.

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Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov hosted Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

The special friendship between Azerbaijan and Oklahoma was launched in 2002 when the Oklahoma National Guard and Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense first signed a cooperation agreement. Today, Azerbaijan Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, and head of the Oklahoma National Guard Major General Michael Thompson met at the Ministry to discuss ways …

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt meets President Aliyev

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and his team enjoyed a very productive meeting with President Aliyev this morning. The two discussed Oklahoma and Azerbaijan’s long-standing partnership and how they can widen it to include new fields. Thanks to the Governor’s gift of a custom-made, Oklahoma cowboy hat, President Aliyev looks like he’s ready to visit the …

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Ambassador Litzenberger was delighted to welcome Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and his family to Baku

Governor Stitt’s first stop in country was the Embassy, where we were proud to fly the Oklahoma State Flag. Azerbaijan and Oklahoma have been active partners for almost 20 years, and the Governor has brought his team here to work with Azerbaijan’s leadership to expand the relationship. Welcome to Baku, Governor Stitt

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USAID Baku and the Azerbaijan Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Today, USAID Baku and the Azerbaijan Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost bilateral cooperation to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Azerbaijan. Ambassador Litzenberger and USAID Mission Director Jay Singh participated in the ceremony. SMEs, including many small family-owned businesses, are …

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Ambassador Litzenberger traveled to Shamakhi District to participate in the delivery of three mobile clinics

Today, Ambassador Litzenberger traveled to Shamakhi District to participate in the delivery of three mobile clinics, which will provide essential health services to thousands of people living in Shamakhi City, and its surrounding rural communities. The new clinics were procured by USAID/Azerbaijan and the British Embassy Azerbaijan. During his visit, Ambassador Litzenberger also announced that …

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ADA University-George Washington University joint-Master’s degree program in computer science

The Embassy was delighted to participate in last week’s ceremony welcoming the second class of the ADA University-George Washington University joint-Master’s degree program in computer science and data analytics. Featuring the talent of two of our countries’ most prestigious universities, the program is playing an important role in bringing together Azerbaijanis and Americans, and enhancing …

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USAID, AZPROMO and the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce Sign Partnership Agreement

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation(AZPROMO), and the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) signed a memorandum of understanding today establishing a partnership to support agricultural export and investment. The partnership willfacilitate Azerbaijani small and medium-sized agribusinesses to access foreign markets. USAID, AZPROMO and …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker participated in a roundtable with Azerbaijani media

Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a real pleasure to be here in Baku on behalf of Secretary Blinken.  I had hoped to visit the region sooner – this trip was originally scheduled for March 2020 – but COVID disrupted those plans until now. My colleagues and I have held productive discussions so far, and we’re grateful …

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U.S. Embassy raised the Pride flag in commemoration of IDAHOT Day

Today, the U.S. Embassy raised the Pride flag in commemoration of IDAHOT Day- the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The United States is a country that celebrates diversity, and LGBTI people are an important and valued part of our community. In the United States, openly LGBT people are defending their country in the …

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U.S. and Israel Announce Partnership to Support Azerbaijan’s Agricultural Sector

The United States and Israeli Embassies in Baku are excited to announce the launch of an innovative collaboration with Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) to develop Azerbaijan’s agricultural potential. The project will establish five orchard demonstration plots to model 21st century apple, cherry, nectarine, plum, and pomegranate production practices at the university’s research station outside …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

March 26, 2021 Disbarment of 2020 IWOC Recipient Shahla Humbatova   I am disturbed that human rights defense lawyer Shahla Humbatova of Azerbaijan was disbarred from the Azerbaijani bar on the eve of International Women’s Day, a year after receiving the Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage (IWOC) award. Her work, and the work …

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The Release of Opposition figures in Azerbaijan for Novruz

The United States welcomes the broad March 18 pardon and release of more than 30 secular and religious opposition figures, all of whom Azerbaijani NGOs consider to have been incarcerated for exercising their fundamental freedoms. They include journalist Elchin Ismayilli and many individuals unjustly incarcerated after the 2015 Nardaran events. In the spirit of the …

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Ambassador Litzenberger wishes a Happy Novruz to the people of Azerbaijan

Today, Azerbaijan celebrates one of its most cherished holidays – Novruz Bayram. Novruz is a holiday when people get together to greet the coming spring. Ambassador Litzenberger wishes a Happy Novruz to the people of Azerbaijan, and looks forward to brighter days ahead. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2884037665148266

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Ambassador Litzenberger joined an event celebrating the importance of “Partnering to Empower Women”.

Today, Ambassador Litzenberger joined Rena Mammadova, General Manager of Coca-Cola Azerbaijan and Coca-Cola executives for an event celebrating the importance of “Partnering to Empower Women”. During today’s event, the Ambassador presented Coca-Cola Azerbaijan with the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence. The Award is given to three global companies each year that show an …

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Community Building Initiatives Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 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.  The program seeks to fund small projects that promote values that contribute to the growth of civic organizations.  It will also fund …

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Funding Opportunity for U.S.-government exchange alumni

Funding Opportunity Title:            Alumni Rapid Response Program. Deadline for Applications:             April 5, 2021 CFDA Number:                               19.900 Total Amount Available:                $30,000 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Baku Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce its 2021 Alumni Rapid Response …

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English-Language Programs

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to Azerbaijan in Baku: English-Language Programs Deadline for Applications: April 12, 2021 CFDA Number: 19.900 Total Amount Available: $100,000 USD   PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open call for proposals from interested individuals and organizations to for its English-Language Teaching Program. This program focuses on …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

U.S. Mission to Azerbaijan in Baku: Annual Program Statement of Public Diplomacy Programs   Funding Opportunity Title:             Annual Program Statement of Public Diplomacy Programs Funding Opportunity Number:       AZE-PAS-FY21-001 Deadline for Applications:              December 31, 2021 CFDA Number:                                19.040 Total Amount Available:                 $100,000 …

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Coca-Cola Wins U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for Women’s Economic Empowerment Efforts in Azerbaijan

Coca-Cola Azerbaijan has won the 2020 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work promoting women’s economic empowerment. The Secretary’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) is one of the U.S. Department of State’s most prestigious international awards, given to three U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities and represent American values in …

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U.S. Embassy extends our hearty congratulations to Coca-Cola Azerbaijan for winning the 2020 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Embassy in Baku extends our hearty congratulations to Coca-Cola Azerbaijan for winning the 2020 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence! The Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) is one of the U.S. Department of State’s most prestigious international awards, annually given to three U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members …

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Ambassador Litzenberger attended Azerbaijan’s 2020 Innovation Week Summit

Yesterday, Ambassador Litzenberger attended Azerbaijan’s 2020 Innovation Week Summit, where he spoke about growing U.S.-Azerbaijan cooperation in the start-up industry. The United States is home to some of the world’s largest and most successful start-up communities, where entrepreneurs from around the world work together to turn ideas into business ventures. Ambassador Litzenberger stressed the importance …

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U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met with Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun on October 24, 2020 and reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to implement and abide by the humanitarian ceasefire agreed in Moscow on October 10, which were reaffirmed in the statement issued from Paris on October 17, …

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Joint Statement Calling for a Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of France on October 5, 2020. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Secretary of State of …

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The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Statement

MOSCOW / PARIS / WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2020 – 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) released the following statement today: The Co-Chairs strongly condemn the continued violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone as well …

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited a warehouse where workers and Red Crescent volunteers

Today Ambassador Litzenberger visited a warehouse where workers and Red Crescent volunteers are getting ready to deliver 7,000 boxes of food and hygiene products to 3,500 families experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is the second USAID-funded delivery of food and hygiene products through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) …

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Acting Minister of Culture Anar Karimov and Ambassador Litzenberger signed an agreement extending the operations of the American Corners

Acting Minister of Culture Anar Karimov and Ambassador Litzenberger signed an agreement extending the operations of the American Corners in Ganja, Kurdemir, Salyan, and Khachmaz. We look forward to welcoming you back to your nearest American Corner just as soon as the public health situation allows.

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Remarks by Ambassador Litzenberger at the 2020 Naval Postgraduate School Regional Energy Security Symposiu

Baku, Azerbaijan — Thank you for the invitation to speak to this year’s Regional Energy Security Symposium. We are now in the third year of this valuable event. I was pleased to address this forum last year and reinforce our commitments to Azerbaijan’s sovereignty, independence and contributions to European energy security. I want to once …

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Azerbaijan Level 3 Travel Advisory

  Reconsider travel to Azerbaijan due to COVID-19 and terrorism concerns.  Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Azerbaijan due to COVID-19. Azerbaijan has lifted its stay at home order, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on …

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Limited number of F1 student visa renewal applications

Effective August 5, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan will accept a limited number of F1 student visa renewal applications through the Interview Waiver (IW) program.  This special exemption applies to F1 applicants who meet ALL of the following qualifications: The applicant is an Azerbaijani citizen holding an Azerbaijani passport who regularly resides in Azerbaijan; …

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Call for Proposals: Program Evaluation

The U.S. Embassy in Baku (PAS Baku) invites you to submit a proposal of up to $15,000 to undertake an evaluation to assess the efficacy of PAS Baku community development and English language projects and to support U.S. Embassy partner organizations in their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts. The evaluator should design and conduct a workshop for local organizations and individuals and …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel …

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Attention All Travelers!

On March 11, President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation regarding the suspension of entry as immigrants and non-immigrants of certain additional persons who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has announced it will issue a supplemental “Notice of Arrivals Restriction” for U.S. passengers who …

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New restrictions on travel to the United States for non-U.S. citizens

Entry of foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, or the Islamic Republic of Iran, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation.  If you reside in, …

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Jr. NBA League is now officially launched in Baku

We are very happy to announce that the Jr. NBA League is now officially launched in Baku allowing Azerbaijani teenagers to play basketball in a league organized and supported by the world’s top basketball league. This Jr. NBA membership will encourage and support youth basketball participation and improve the overall youth basketball experience in Azerbaijan. …

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Attention U.S. citizens

The Department of Homeland Security has issued supplemental guidance on travel to the United States for individuals who have been in China.  U.S. citizens who have been in China’s Hubei province within 14 days of their return to the United States will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival to …

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George Washington University-Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University dual-degree program

Ambassador Litzenberger participated in a ceremony launching the George Washington University-Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University dual-degree program in education management. During his speech the ambassador noted that it is a key priority for us at the Embassy to help Azerbaijani and American institutions of higher education find ways to work together. He added that he believes …

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Joint Military Medical Strategy Meeting

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation sponsored a joint Military Medical Strategy Meeting last week in Baku, to help participants focus on identifying long-term planning goals for joint military medical capabilities. The event brought medical professionals from the United States Air Force-Europe (USAFE), the United States Army-Europe (USAREUR), the Oklahoma National Guard, and counterparts …

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“Scale-Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs” program in Azerbaijan

Ambassador Litzenberger joined Dr. Beeta Ehdaie to announce the launching of the “Scale-Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs” program in Azerbaijan. This exciting program will help train a group of Azerbaijani women entrepreneurs to help them build their skills and grow their business ventures, and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and several local partners.

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Deputy Chief of Mission visited “Together and Healthy” public union

Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Dickerson visited “Together and Healthy,” Azerbaijan’s public union for assisting children with autism. Mr. Dickerson was very impressed with the important work this organization is doing to raise public awareness about autism in Azerbaijan, and to help provide educational opportunities for its students. The Embassy is proud of its efforts …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on October 19 Protest

The United States Embassy in Azerbaijan joins the European Union in strongly condemning the violence used by police to disperse and arrest participants and bystanders during the peaceful October 19 protest in Baku. We call on the government to credibly investigate reports of police violence, hold accountable those responsible, and release expeditiously those who remain …

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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) met separately and jointly with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The Co-Chairs were joined in …

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Ambassador Litzenberger and PDAS Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition

Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and met with U.S. companies interested in investing in Azerbaijan. At the exhibition, Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon greeted President Aliyev at the Halliburton booth.

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U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger met with university students at the Baku American Center

U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger met with university students at the Baku American Center as part of the “Ambassador’s Hour” project. The Ambassador shared stories from his life and career, including the path which brought him to the Embassy here in Baku, and gave valuable recommendations to students who want to become diplomats. He then answered …

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U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger visited the Caspian Agro Exhibition

U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger visited the Caspian Agro Exhibition on Wednesday, which featured nine U.S. companies exhibiting their products and services. The nine companies include Brandt, Soil Biotics, Trece, Grow More, DTN, Nelson & Pade, Inc., Valent BioSciences, Harvest Right, LLC and WCC International. Expanding links between Azerbaijani and American companies provides valuable technology and …

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Ambassador Litzenberger spoke at American Chamber of Commerce

The Ambassador told the group that AmCham Azerbaijan is in an excellent position to help entrepreneurs here innovate, promote job creation, and build business ties, and to advocate with government institutions for the reforms that will strengthen Azerbaijan’s competitiveness in attracting new investments.

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U.S. Embassy’s staff celebrating the Novruz holiday

U.S. Embassy’s American staff and their Azerbaijani colleagues celebrating the Novruz holiday here at the Embassy and jumping over a bonfire! We wish you all a happy Novruz holiday! Novruz celebration Əziz Dostlar,Biz Amerikalı işçilərimizin azərbaycanlı həmkarları ilə birgə tongalın üzərindən tullanaraq bayramı qeyd etməyinə aid videonu sizinlə bölüşmək istəyirik. Novruz bayramınız mübarək!****************************************************Dear friends,Here’s a video featuring …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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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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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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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