Azerbaijan News Digest

Greetings from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC. In this edition of the News Digest, you will find stories about Azerbaijan’s relationship with Israel, the Ambassador’s recent trip to the US Air Force Academy and the country’s growing significance in Western and European energy security. To learn more about the Embassy’s activities, please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The ongoing events in Ukraine make resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict more important, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar said while visiting the town built for internally displaced persons in the western city of Ganja in Azerbaijan.
The US-Azerbaijan “Vision for Future” two-day forum was held in Washington April 29-30, 2014. Attendees included members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, scientific and research centers, as well as officials from Azerbaijani governmental bodies, members of Azerbaijan-US Inter-parliamentary Relations Working Group and representatives from the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).
Azerbaijan’s growing economy undoubtedly benefits from its oil and gas developments, but the country also has laid a strong foundation to move into other sectors that deserves closer attention, participants at a two-day conference agreed.
SOCAR Vice President Elshad Nassirov explains plans for a natural gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe.
Brenda Shaffer, a visiting professor at Georgetown University's Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, explains how Azerbaijan could ease Europe's energy woes.
Azerbaijan Ambassador Visits UTRANSCOM
US Transportatio Command
Azerbaijan Ambassador Elin Suleymanov visited U.S. Transportation Command April 23-24 and met with Gen. William M. Fraser III, commander USTRANSCOM and Gen. Paul J. Selva, commander Air Mobility Command. Ambassador Suleymanov toured the Scott Air Force Base to get a better understanding of the unit's role and mission in global transportation and distribution.
Israeli FM Liberman's meetings in Baku
Israeli Foreign Minister (FM) Bureau
Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met in Baku with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and discussed with him the strengthening of bilateral relations. During the meeting, FM Liberman stated that Israel views the relationship with Azerbaijan as one of special importance. FM Liberman noted that the Jewish community in Azerbaijan is not only a local success story but also an important bridge between the two countries.
“This is my fifth visit to Azerbaijan. Coming to Azerbaijan, I feel as if I’m coming home,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman following the meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.
In its annual World Economic Outlook report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts Azerbaijani GDP growth of 5 percent in 2014 and 4.6 percent in 2015.
A delegation led by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov departed for Austria to attend the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to be held in Vienna May 5-6. Azerbaijan will take over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at the session.
Each year, embassies in Washington, DC open their doors to citizens and tours as a celebration of international culture, known as Passport DC. Please click here to view photos from the Embassy of Azerbaijan's participation in this year's Passport DC.
Azerbaijan has sent humanitarian aid to the Afghan people who suffered from recent mudslides in the country. Per President Ilham Aliyev’s decree, approximately 122 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of meat, vegetable oil, rice, tea, flour and other products have been sent to Afghanistan.
In winning the Shamkir 2014 chess tournament in Azerbaijan, Magnus Carlsen was able to exact revenge in the last round against Fabiano Caruana, one of two players who defeated him earlier in the event.
Atletico Madrid's stunning run to the Champions League final also signaled the arrival of another new player on European soccer's biggest stages. Atletico's players will walk out to face Real Madrid — and an expected global television audience of 175 million — with "Azerbaijan Land of Fire" on their shirts in Lisbon on May 24.
Azerbaijan will host a Formula One Grand Prix for the first time next season in its capital Baku, continuing the oil-rich Caucasus nation's push into hosting major world sports events, the country's Youth and Sports Ministry said Thursday, May 1.



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