The United States Welcomes Azerbaijan’s Release of Armenian Detainees and Armenia’s Actions to Facilitate Demining

July 6, 2021 The United States welcomes the July 3 release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to Armenia. We also welcome Armenia’s decision to share information with Azerbaijan that will facilitate humanitarian demining. These actions follow Azerbaijan’s June 12 release of Armenian detainees and Armenia’s decision to provide Azerbaijan information to …

Read More»

United States Welcomes Actions by Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States welcomes the release by Azerbaijan of 15 Armenian detainees and their return to their families in Armenia.  We also welcome Armenia’s decision to provide to Azerbaijan important information that will facilitate humanitarian demining and avoid future casualties. We are grateful to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the Government of Georgia for the …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

The United States is concerned by recent developments along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The United States is concerned by recent developments along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, including the detention of several Armenian soldiers by Azerbaijani forces. We call on both sides to urgently and peacefully resolve this incident. We also continue to call on Azerbaijan to release immediately all prisoners of war and other detainees, and we …

Read More»

Embassy Welcomes Reinstatement of Human Rights Lawyers

  The United States Embassy in Azerbaijan welcomes the Azerbaijani Bar Association’s decision to reinstate human rights lawyers Shahla Humbatova and Irada Javadova. In democracies around the world, human rights lawyers play a vital role in protecting human rights, democracy, and rule of law.  Thanks to the courageous efforts of Ms. Humbatova, Ms. Javadova, and …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

Project Management Training Workshop

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is delighted to announce the next offering of its Project Management Training Workshop.  The workshop is an outstanding professional development opportunity for individuals engaged in implementing community-based projects, such as those focused on advocacy for disadvantaged groups, empowering entrepreneurs, strengthening civil society, and raising public awareness on environmental issues. The 16-hour training …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

Statement of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs

BAKU/YEREVAN/MOSCOW, 14 December 2020 – 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) released the following statement today: French Co-Chair Stephane Visconti and U.S. Co-Chair Andrew Schofer traveled to Baku 12 and 13 December and Yerevan 13 and 14 December. In Baku, they …

Read More»

COVID-19 and Movement Restrictions Updates

COVID-19: Special Quarantine Regime Extended through January 31, 2021; Strict Quarantine Regime in Effect December 14, 2020 – January 18, 2021 On December 8, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan  announced  that the special quarantine regime to stop the spread of COVID-19 will remain in effect through January 31, 2021.   Due to the high …

Read More»

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries

TIRANA, December 3, 2020 – The Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Stephen E. Biegun, and Minister for European and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian – welcome the cessation of military activities in the area …

Read More»

USAID, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs and UNDP launch new project to help address gender-based violence in Azerbaijan

Baku, 25 November 2020: On the occasion of this year’s International Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are launching a new project to help tackle violence against women. This four-year 1.8 USD million project funded by USAID will also support women’s …

Read More»

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, …

Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Armenian Foreign Minister Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Bayramov

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov separately today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Pompeo emphasized the need to end the violence and protect civilians. The Secretary also stressed the importance of the sides entering substantive negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

Letter from President Trump to President Aliyev on the 26th Anniversary of the Caspian Oil and Gas Show

Dear Mr. President: Please accept my best wishes as you celebrate the 26th anniversary of the International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition. Azerbaijan is more prosperous and connected to the global economy than at any time in its history. Oil and gas production from Azerbaijan continues to increase stability in world energy markets, including through …

Read More»

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.

Read More»

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov met at U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission

“Mr. Peter Haas, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, joined Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov today for the U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission. This is the first time since 2012 the two countries have held these discussions. The two sides discussed ways to increase bilateral trade and investment, including through economic diversification, protection …

Read More»

Ambassador Litzenberger gives us his thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO

Ambassador Litzenberger gives us his thoughts on the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, which we celebrate this week, and its important partnership with Azerbaijan. Happy Anniversary, NATO! Ambassador Welcomes NATO’s 70th Anniversary ABŞ Səfiri Litsenberqer bu həftə qeyd olunan NATO-un yaradılmasının 70-ci ildönümünə və təşkilatın Azərbaycanla apardığı vacib tərəfdaşlıq barədə olan fikirlərini sizinlə paylaşır. NATO təşkilatını 70-ci ildönümü …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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.  …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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. …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

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. …

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

Appointment of U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group

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

Read More»

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 …

Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State: The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

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

Read More»

Statement by U.S. Department of State: The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

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

Read More»

Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.

Read More»

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 …

Read More»
Show More ∨