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Greetings from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC. In this edition of the News Digest, you will find stories about the Asian Development Bank’s 48th Annual Meeting held in Baku, our day hosting visitors for the Passport DC: Around the World Embassy Tour and Azerbaijan’s investments in education. To learn more about the Embassy’s activities, please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Baku hosts 48th Annual ADB Meeting
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

This year’s Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place May 2-5 against the spectacular backdrop of Azerbaijan’s capital Baku—a stunning mix of the ancient, the strikingly modern and the attractively neoclassical on the shores of the Caspian Sea. About 3,000 delegates debated the current development issues facing the Asia and Pacific region, and the ADB's role in addressing them. The title this year— “Fostering Partnership for Development,” proved to be much more than a mere theme, since the meeting resulted in a number of concrete steps toward greater international partnerships.

At 3rd Baku Forum, Azerbaijan noted as one of EU's strategic partners

At the 3rd Annual Baku Shared Global Societies Forum, former Latvian president Valdis Zatlers said on April 29 that “Azerbaijan is a priority for the partnership program with the EU. The neighborhood policy is one of the EU priorities.” The forum provides a space for current and former presidents, prime ministers, ministers and leading scholars and experts to assess the current state of the world; to identify threats to international security and peace; and to establish steps that today’s leaders can use to overcome these issues.

Azerbaijan sends humanitarian aid to Nepal

Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) sent humanitarian aid to the nation on April 30. The aid included one ton of medical supplies, tents, blankets and drinking water.

Karzai: Afghanistan can use Baku-Tbilisi-Kars pipeline to reach Europe

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai commented on geopolitics in the region shared by Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. "In addition to the transport routes that we have today through Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, it is easier to connect Afghanistan with Europe with the help of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project,” he said. “Azerbaijan is situated in a right place to conduct a dialogue between East and West,” he added. “This is the role that we welcome.”

Azerbaijan's gas export potential to reach 40 billion cubic meters

Azerbaijan's gas export potential will reach 40 billion cubic meters by 2025, said Rovnag Abdullayev, head of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). Mr. Abdullayev said that at the first stage, the volume of gas transported through the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) will be 16 billion cubic meters. "In the future, the possibility of increasing the gas supply through TANAP to 30 billion cubic meters will be considered," he added.

Azerbaijani Embassy welcomes visitors for annual Passport DC tour

On May 2, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC opened its doors for the city's annual Passport DC: Around the World Embassy Tour, where visitors experience the food, art, dance, fashion and music of different countries. The Silk Road Dance Company performed at the Azerbaijani Embassy while the country’s food and music were offered throughout the day. Please click here to view photos from the event.

President Aliyev: Azerbaijan annually invests 40 million euros in education

Education is one of Azerbaijan’s top priorities, said the country's president Ilham Aliyev said at the opening of the 3rd Baku Global Shared Societies Forum on April 28. "Education is knowledge, future. For us it is modernization," said the president. "Our government every year spends at least 40 million euros to train our leading young people abroad in the world's universities."

Baku hosts NATO International School of Azerbaijan conference

Baku hosted a conference in late April for the NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA). The conference, "Geopolitical Review of the Caspian: A New Role for Azerbaijan," provides lectures to students and includes innovative teaching methodology. The event brings together 40 students and young scientists from Azerbaijan, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries.

European Games flame starts journey in Baku

April 26 marked the start of the European Games flame’s journey. The flame will travel around the different regions of the country for 47 days before being delivered to the Baku Olympic Center for the opening ceremony. The Games will take place June 12-28.

Baku also hosted Azerbaijan’s first-ever triathlon on May 4 at Bilgah Beach, which will be the stage for triathlon action during the European Games. 65 men and 65 women are set to compete in the triathlon competition on June 13.

Old Baku a 'must-see' for tourists in Azerbaijan

The Old City or Inner City (known as Icherisheher in Azerbaijani) is a historic part of Baku and a must-see for tourists attending the Baku 2015 European Games this June. The Icherisheher is located on the coast of the Caspian Sea and in 1977 was designated as a historical and architectural reserve site. In December 2000, the Maiden Tower and the Shirvanshah’s Palace, located in the Icherisheher, were named to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Elegance of Fire: A visual and poetic journey through Azerbaijan

Renowned photojournalist Reza has created “Elegance of Fire,” a visual and poetic journey through Azerbaijan featuring photographs of the country’s ancestral cultural identity. Reza writes: “‘Elegance of Fire’ is a pictorial witness of how the country is evolving,” while the second part of the story, “‘Massacre of the Innocents,’ pays tribute to the powerless victims of the geopolitical chessboard in this part of the world.”



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