Azerbaijan News Digest

Greetings from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC. In this edition of the Azerbaijan News Digest, you will find articles about Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Mammadyarov’s historic visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, the results of the European Union Neighborhood Barometer poll in Azerbaijan, and new developments in the Baku 2015 European games. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of the Azerbaijan News Digest.


May 6, 2013

U.S. and Others Must Address Unresolved Conflict and Unmet Demands in International Law
Roll Call, May 3, 2013

Over the past two decades, our region has lived through an amazing transformation. From deeper Euro-Atlantic integration — and in a remarkable breakthrough, Azerbaijan has joined the United Nations Security Council — to major energy and infrastructure projects on global scales to Azerbaijan’s rapid economic development to Baku’s incredible makeover, the progress has been simply astounding. Yet, one issue remains unchanged and continues to cast a dark shadow over the future and the promise of the Caucasus. Despite international efforts, no real progress has been made toward resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, a major continued threat to the peace and security of Eurasia.

Top Azeri Diplomat Praises Ties With Israel on First-Ever Visit
Bloomberg Businessweek, April 24, 2013

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said he was “pleased” to be cementing ties with Israel as he completed a three-day visit to the Jewish state. Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan’s first foreign minister to visit Israel, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and other Israeli officials during his April 21-23 trip. He said the visit will help expand ties between Israel and Azerbaijan, a mostly Shiite Muslim nation on Iran’s northern border.

Peres hails 'historic visit' by Azerbaijani FM
The Jerusalem Post, April 22, 2013

“This is an historic visit,” President Shimon Peres said when greeting Elmar Mammadyarov, who is the first foreign minister of Azerbaijan to visit Israel, even though diplomatic relations between the two countries were established exactly 21 years ago.

Ambassador Addresses Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)
Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide, April 25, 2013

Attendees gathered in a room of the historic DACOR-Bacon house for Ambassador Suleymanov’s humorous, educational, and moving remarks. The Ambassador spoke of his country’s position at the crossroads of the Turkish, Russian and Persian empires, which has led to both cultural enrichment and ongoing challenges. The most emotional moment for both the Ambassador and the audience came during the question and answer period, when Ambassador Suleymanov described a violent Soviet crackdown in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku in January 1990.

Ambassador Suleymanov Visits San Diego State University
Charles W. Hostler Institute of World Affairs, April 22, 2013

Ambassador Suleymanov gave an eloquent presentation on the historical and current development of the Caucusus Region, where Azerbaijan is located, along with a number of other countries. He noted the strategic importance of this region as the modern silk road and the crossroad between Asia and Europe. Insightfully, he addressed a number of issues affecting peace and development in the region. At the same time, he provided an optimistic view of the future of this region as it emerges from relative isolation during the Soviet era to fuller engagement in the global economy.

President receives TRANSCOM's commander
News.Az, May 1, 2013

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Commander of the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) William Fraser. The meeting expressed satisfaction with successful development of bilateral and multilateral relations between Azerbaijan and United States

Meet the Only Jewish MP in the Muslim World
Arutz Sheva, April 22, 2013

Yehuda "Yavda" Abramov, who is accompanying Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mamadiarov on his visit to Israel, is apparently the only Jewish Member of Parliament in the entire Muslim world. Abramov, who is also the chairman of the Israel-Azerbaijan Inter-Parliamentary Committee, told Arutz Sheva he does not see anything extraordinary about his status.

Azerbaijan: poll sees good relations with EU and confidence in their country
EU Neighborhood Info Center, April 24, 2013

Most people in Azerbaijan feel the European Union has good relations with their country and have sufficient common values to cooperate. This is one of the key findings of the recently released Autumn 2012 EU Neighborhood Barometer for Azerbaijan, conducted in the framework of an EU-funded opinion polling project for the Neighborhood.

Azerbaijan, Greece Cooperate On Tourism
Greek Reporter, April 29, 2013

“Azerbaijan and Greece are ideally poised to expand their cooperation on tourism,” said Greek Foreign Minister Avramopoulos. “A month from now, on May 28, Aegean Airlines is launching its direct flight from Athens to Baku, and transport – direct flights – are vital to increasing tourist flows both ways. At the same time, the Consular Section of the Greek Embassy here in Baku is under instructions to make the visa application process as easy as possible for the visitors from Azerbaijan that we look forward to welcoming in Greece this summer.”

An unusual partnership between Muslims and Jews
The Washington Times, April 25, 2013

With Syria mired in open revolt, several other Middle Eastern and North African countries still reeling from the Arab Spring, and Iran at loggerheads with the United States over its nuclear program, it was astounding to hear Israel’s president refer to a Muslim country this week not as a problem but as part of the solution. Yet there was Shimon Perez in Jerusalem on Monday praising Azerbaijan for taking “a clear stand” against war and terrorism and for making the world a bit more safe and predictable.

Shah Deniz Begins Evaluating Binding Transportation Bids
Embassy of Azerbaijan, May 2, 2013

The Shah Deniz consortium has begun evaluating binding transportation offers from the two pipeline consortia offering to carry gas from the Shah Deniz field in Azerbaijan into Europe. This represents another important milestone in the realisation of the Southern Gas Corridor

Azerbaijan has more than oil: envoy
The Japan Times, April 26, 2013

While on outstanding terms diplomatically and politically, Japan and Azerbaijan still have room for improvement on the economic front, Azerbaijan Ambassador to Japan Gursel Ismayilzada said Thursday.

Architectural pearl of Baku named 'best hotel and tourist center'
AzerNews, April 30, 2013

"Flame Towers", which have turned into the symbol of modern Baku, received an international award. The facility, which is the most unusual shape in Baku's skyline to date, has won the award in "The best hotel and tourist center" category at MIPIM 2013, the largest investment exhibition of innovative projects in the European real estate market.

Tradition Meets Innovation on the Silk Road
Forbes, May 3, 2013

Touch-down in this beautiful, historic and cultured capital. From the airport, take one of the dozens of iconic London cabs waiting in a very organized British queue at the curb of the terminal. Sounds like you just landed at Heathrow, right? Except that all the cabs are painted purple. Guess again. It is Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Without delay and without traffic, thanks to a multi-billion dollar sophisticated traffic management and control system, you arrive at your hotel in the capital, located along the Caspian Sea in this former stop along the Silk Road.

President of Azerbaijan Makes Big Pledge
Around the Rings, April 30, 2013

The president of Azerbaijan has set a high bar for the Baku 2015 European Games. “We are going to organize these games on the level of the summer Olympic Games,” said President Aliyev. “We will try to organize these games on a high level and they will certainly add to the history of the European Olympic family as the first games.”

Azerbaijani women rewriting their athletic history
ESPN, April 24, 2013

Azerbaijan is a country with a growing Olympic movement but a traditional culture that does not yet see sports as a valuable enterprise for girls. There are some who would like to see that change as the nation builds facilities capable of hosting world-class events in Baku, and regional Olympic centers in smaller towns to bring those sports to the population.

PEZ Roadside In Azerbaijan!
PEZ Cycling News, May 1, 2013

The 27th Tour of Azerbaijan (Tour d’Azerbaidjan) kicked off in the country’s capital of Baku. That’s the tag line, but what isn’t part of the headline is the fact that most people have never even heard of the Tour of Azerbaijan, let alone the country. That’s definitely going to change as cycling becomes more of a global sport.



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