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 role in the fight against global climate change and sexual violence in conflict, the country’s technological and culinary ventures and Baku's historic 2015 European Games. We also enjoyed celebrating Azerbaijan's Republic Day on May 29 here in Washington; please click here to view photos from the celebration. To learn more about the Embassy's activities, please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin said during the recent Helsinki Commission that "Azerbaijan has been a key partner for the United States and NATO from Kabul to Kosovo." He added that the cooperation between the two countries will continue to develop in the areas of security, economy, energy and democracy.
Responding to Climate Change (RCC) calls Central Asian and Caucasus countries the "unsung heroes" in the fight against climate change. One of only 40 nations to do so, Azerbaijan sent a minister to 2014 climate negotiations in Bonn, outlining that the country is willing to accept more responsibility related to global climate change.
An Azerbaijani delegation led by Hijran Huseynova, Chair of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Held in London, the four-day summit is co-hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie.

Please click here to view photos from the recent Azerbaijan Republic Day Celebration, held May 29 at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, said in a recent APA interview: "After the successful completion of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in 2005, the construction of the Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan to Europe has been our common priority in the energy sector in the last years. President Aliyev and myself have underlined this commitment when we signed - in January 2011 in Baku - the Joint Declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor."
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrived in Greece June 15 on a state visit. A guard of honor was arranged for the head of state at Athens International Airport decorated with the flags of Azerbaijan and Greece. President Aliyev was met by senior state and government officials of Greece.
Imagine a country where East and West are beautifully intertwined in the cuisine and culture and where its treasured cooking secrets are waiting to be discovered: welcome to Azerbaijan. In Pomegranates and Saffron, author Feride Buyuran takes readers on a delightful culinary journey through this beautiful land in the Caucasus. A press release about the cookbook can be viewed here.
Twitter has acquired Namo Media, a specialist in "native ad" content that integrates with the site where the ads are being viewed, with a focus on mobile ads. Co-founder and Azerbaijani-American Tural Badirkhanli previously worked at Google and several other startup firms.
The Neval Thomas Elementary School recently visited the Embassy of Azerbaijan to sing the Azerbaijani national anthem. The visit was part of Washington's Embassy Adoption Program, promoting diversity and cultural exchanges. Please click here to watch the video.

On May 30, the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) held a Congressional briefing on US-Azerbaijani energy ties, trade and development on Capitol Hill. The briefing brought together members of U.S. Congress, senior U.S officials, top executives of large multinational companies and representatives of Azerbaijani government, staffers of offices of 22 congressmen as well as representatives of greater Washington's business community with the purpose of highlighting the important of expanded energy, trade and business relations between the United States and Azerbaijan.
The First European Games, to be held in Baku in 2015, will be a historic event for Azerbaijan, its citizens and the European public, said Altay Hasanov, the Vice President of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation. The Games will showcase participants from 49 nations competing in 19 sports.
The 2015 European Games, to be held in Baku, now counts BP as an official partner of next summer's historic sporting event. "As well as promoting Baku 2015 across Azerbaijan, BP will help fund the development of aspiring medal hopes for the host nation ahead of the European Games," BP said in a statement.
Azerbaijan produced approximately 17.7 million tons of oil and gas condensate in January-May 2014, according to the State Statistics Committee. The country also produced roughly 7.6 billion cubic meters of tank gas in January-May 2014, versus nearly 7.4 billion cubic meters in the same period of 2013.
The World Bank (WB) and the Azerbaijani government have signed an agreement on allocation of a loan amounting to $34.5 million for the implementation of a project to strengthen the country's agricultural sector. The total cost of the project is $54.25 million, and the Azerbaijani government is responsible for the remaining $19.75 million.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced that Azerbaijan hosted 2,508,000 foreign citizens in 2013. Of this number, 2,200,000 visited as tourists. The country accounted for 50-60 tourism companies and 97 hotels 10 years ago; today, the country accounts for 246 tourism companies and 506 hotels.
Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, Azerbaijan's Defense Minister, took part in a North Atlantic Council meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Hasanov stressed in his speech Azerbaijan's political, financial, economic, and educational support to Afghanistan, noting his country will continue to provide this support to the NATO operations.
Azerbaijan assumed the chairmanship in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic-speaking countries (TURKPA) from Turkey at a meeting of the TURKPA Assembly Council in Baku on June 12. The organization includes four countries: Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
 

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