President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian PM Meet
The April 2019 of the Embassy’s digest features news about President Ilham Aliyev’s meeting with the Armenian Prime Minister, the President’s assessment of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy at the 7 th Global Baku Forum, the presentation of the new U.S. Ambassador’s credentials to the President, Ambassador Suleymanov speaking at AIPAC, with Fox News and to the Utah governor’s office; a return trip to Azerbaijan from nationally syndicated U.S. radio host John Batchelor, a visit of evangelical Christian pastors to Azerbaijan, and some exciting news about breathtaking design, architecture and motorsports in Baku. 

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March 30, 2019

Armenia and Azerbaijan have described the latest meeting of their leaders as "positive" and "constructive," saying they agreed to strengthen the cease-fire and continue their dialogue. "The meeting took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere and provided an opportunity for the two leaders to clarify their respective positions," the foreign ministers of the two countries said in a joint statement, after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian in Vienna.

March 28,2019

“It is an unresolved conflict and continues to be very strategically dangerous to the whole region,” Elin Suleymanov, the Azerbaijan ambassador to Washington, told Fox News “The status quo is not sustainable. We don’t have peacekeepers. The soldiers are facing each other, sometimes just 100 feet apart.”

March 9, 2019

“The Co-Chairs stress that they remain fully committed, in accordance with their mandate, to helping the sides find a peaceful solution to the conflict. The Co-Chairs also express their full support for the impartial and critical monitoring work undertaken by the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and his team.”
7th Global Baku Forum: ‘A New Foreign Policy’
March 14, 2019

President Aliyev said: “Our foreign policy is stable, predictable, and independent. It is based on our national interests and establishing close ties with countries is one of the priorities of Azerbaijan through partnerships, through mutually beneficial cooperation towards security, stability in our region, and in a broader region.”
March 14, 2019

UN Secretary General António Guterres said: “Cooperation with other multilateral institutions, regional organizations, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders is essential. In that spirit of partnership, I welcome your commitment to dialogue and offer my best wishes for a fruitful meeting.”
March 11, 2019

The Shi'ite Muslim majority country of Azerbaijan recently invited more than a dozen evangelical pastors on an official visit. But why would the president of that country be interested in evangelical Christians? Because this former Soviet republic, where Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims inter-marry and Christians and Jews live freely, believes that tolerance is the way to go.
New Ambassador from U.S. to Azerbaijan, Lee Litzenberger, Presents Credentials to President Aliyev
Azerbaijan Strengthens Ties with Israel At Home and In U.S.
Feb. 21, 2019

Azerbaijan and Israel have long enjoyed close relations, as evidenced by the warmth between President Aliyev and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now, Azerbaijan will be home to the world’s first museum of Mountain Jews. Mountain Jews have lived in Azerbaijan for hundreds of years. 

March 25, 2019

Azerbaijan Ambassador Elin Suleymanov was able to share his country’s vital role in the region and underline Azerbaijan’s long partnership with Israel during this year’s AIPAC conference.

March 29, 2019

“Being Muslim doesn’t mean we are anti-Israel, and we have a strong partnership,” Elin Suleymanov, the Azerbaijan ambassador to Washington, told Fox News soon after speaking at his sixth consecutive AIPAC conference. Ambassador Suleymanov also emphasized that Azerbaijan the only Muslim-majority nation that participates in AIPAC.
March 6, 2019

In a talk with the governor’s Office of Economic Development, Ambassador Suleymanov said: “I think we have an excellent strategic relationship. Azerbaijan is the largest trading partner of the United States, in our region of the South Caucasus, by far. Our trade in both imports and exports were almost equal but was significantly larger than those of our neighbors. We have invested about $8 billion from our sovereign wealth fund in American equities into our different areas.” 
March 21, 2019

Azerbaijan has revealed the design of its nature-inspired “transparent” pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai after receiving its plot and breaking ground on the project. The pavilion has been designed on the theme of “Seeds for the Future” to convey the importance of planning with a focus on youth.
March 17, 2018

Nationally syndicated U.S. radio host John Batchelor returns to Azerbaijan to interview Minister of Taxes Mikayil Jabbarov on the country’s extraordinary economic growth. Batchelor previously broadcast from Azerbaijan in 2018.
March 8, 2019

Racecar aficionados who want to watch a Formula One Grand Prix race up close and personal can do so easily in Baku, thanks to a new regulation that allows foreign tourists entering the country after March 15 to get a visa quickly. President Aliyev signed an order on Tuesday for simplifying the  visa issuance  procedure for those headed to watch what will be the fourth Formula One race held in Baku, from April 26 – 28. 
March 19, 2019

Vogue writes: “With its pure curves and large windows, it contrasts with the Soviet architecture of the late-20 th century and symbolizes a new era of culture and architecture for the country.”
Jan. 16, 2019

Travelers in Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport can enjoy cafes, kiosks, bars, a spa, a bookstore and a play area in 16 striking wooden “cocoons” that transform the airport into a space of discovery.

March 27, 2019

Columnist Vadim Gusmanis writes: “With its proud tradition of tolerance and secularity, Azerbaijan is home to a small but energetic Jewish community and several larger Christian congregations. All have lived side by side with their Muslim neighbours for generations. Anyone on the streets of Baku will be delighted to tell you about their beloved city’s cosmopolitan essence of multiculturalism and multi-confessionalism dating back centuries.”

March 11, 2019

Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington held an event to promote the wine-making history and industry of Azerbaijan, as well as the other “GUAM” countries – Georgia, Uzbekistan and Moldova.
Feb. 7, 2019

The first Illinois-Azerbaijan Agriculture Forum, organized by the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, will be held on April 4-5 in Chicago. The objective of the forum is to establish cooperation between the parties in the agricultural sector, bringing together representatives of the agricultural businesses of Azerbaijan and the state of Illinois.
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