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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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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English-Language Programs

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Mission to Azerbaijan in Baku: English-Language Programs Funding Opportunity Number: AZ-2020-03 Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2020 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 …

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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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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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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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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-FY20-01 Deadline for Applications:              December 31, 2020 CFDA Number:                                19.040 Total Amount Available:                 $100,000 …

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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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