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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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