News Digest February 2, 2016
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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 Azerbaijan’s participation at World Economic Forum, nation’s important role in global energy security and US-Azerbaijan relations. To learn more about the Embassy’s activities, please remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

President Ilham Aliyev attended “The New Energy Equation” session of World Economic Forum

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev says: “It is difficult to expect the prices going lower. But having this situation today we will not be surprised if this happens. I think the coordination between large non-OPEC and OPEC members, agreement to reduce production will increase the level of mutual trust. Because if it doesn’t happen, I think, OPEC itself would not make this decision and without this decision, we will have this situation, and just wait when the oil price will reach its bottom. Every day we think this is a bottom and then, you know, we see a new price for oil. Frankly speaking, this is already a little bit exhausting, also from psychological point of view, not to mention the country’s need to balance the budget, to have funds for investment, and not only into oil and gas. Economic situation in Azerbaijan is stable. Our foreign debt is only 12 percent of our GDP and our foreign currency reserves are almost the same level as our GDP. Therefore, I am sure we will manage the crisis, but, of course, we want to have predictable future, in order to plan our budget for the next year.”

The future of Azerbaijan's economy
World Economic Forum

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev writes: “Azerbaijan is a tolerant state which successfully continues its dynamic development, including in the economic sphere. Despite the recent sharp fall in the oil prices, the country’s economy is maintaining its growth rate. Over the past 10 years, Azerbaijan’s economy has grown by 300%. Poverty and unemployment have been sharply diminished, with measures of both now standing at 5%. In 2015, the non-oil industry grew by 8.4%. The non-oil sector, of course, is the driving sphere of our economic development. Azerbaijan’s economy is already diversified, with the non-oil sector accounting for about 70% of the gross domestic product. Our aim is to rapidly develop the non-oil sector in the coming years.”

Azerbaijani president meets with Israeli PM

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos. The level of development of relations between the two countries was praised during the meeting. The sides also exchanged views on prospects of the relations.

Azerbaijani president meets Microsoft Corporate vice president

President Aliyev

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Susan Hauser in Davos. The sides noted the role of information and communication technologies in modernizing Azerbaijan's economy, adding education and space industry were priority areas in this regard. The implementation of pilot projects in the field of agriculture with the application of the information and communication technologies in Azerbaijan was emphasized.

President Ilham Aliyev received the Senior Director for European Affairs at the US National Security Council

President Aliyev

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Senior Director for European Affairs at the US National Security Council Charles Kupchan. The sides discussed the development of the Azerbaijani-US bilateral ties in a variety of fields. The parties expressed satisfaction with the establishment of partnership relations between the two countries in a number of fields.

Remembering Azerbaijan’s Black January: An Intersection of Tragedy and Inspiration
Jewish Journal

President Aliyev

Head of the Community of Azerbaijan's Mountain Jews Milikh Yevdayev writes: “In order to suppress Azerbaijan’s national liberation movement and prevent the disintegration of the USSR, the 26,000-strong Soviet Red army troops stormed Baku, and unloaded bullets in every direction at peaceful demonstrators, murdering hundreds of innocent people, on a killing spree that continued into the morning of January 20, 1990. Almost all victims were civilians, most tragically including women and even children.”

PACE Adopts Resolution Accusing Armenia of "Environmental Aggression" Towards Azerbaijan
PR Newswire

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) this week adopted a resolution that accuses Armenia of "deliberately depriving" Azerbaijanis of water flowing from the Sarsang reservoir, which is located in the Armenian-controlled territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. It says that this "environmental aggression" requires "the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the region concerned."

TAP among top 10 of the world's major investment projects


Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project has been included in the list of the world's top 10 major investment projects due to economic importance. The approximately 870 km long TAP will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy. TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe.

Azerbaijan`s role across world highlighted in event in US

Oil Rig

Azerbaijan`s Ambassador to the US Elin Suleymanov has delivered a speech in the regional meeting of American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Miami city. The diplomat highlighted the role and place of Azerbaijan in the world.

‘EU supports reforms in Azerbaijan’

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EU supports reforms in Azerbaijan,’ head of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan Malena Mard said during the meeting with Caspian Energy’s delegation. In the course of the meeting Mard emphasized that the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is a priority for EU. “We hope to receive Azerbaijani gas in 2020. Moreover, according to the available information, implementation of the TANAP project is ahead of the schedule,” she emphasized.

President Ilham Aliyev received delegation led by Greek Foreign Minister


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias. Hailing ties between Azerbaijan and Greece, the head of state noted that during the visit the issues related to the further development of the cooperation in a number of fields would be discussed.

Los Angeles Jewish community expresses strong support for Azerbaijan’s interfaith harmony


The renowned Los Angeles-based Jewish synagogue Sinai Temple hosted an event dedicated to the visit of the Temple’s 50-member delegation to Azerbaijan at the end of 2015. The said visit was organized on Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2015 jointly by the Baku International Multiculturalism Center and Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Azerbaijan: A Muslim Nation Against Antisemitism
The Algemeiner


Baku is the capital of a rare, promising nation, known as the global champion of healthy cultural and religious diversity, for which it is celebrated by its citizens of many faiths. Some in the media suggest that Azerbaijan is only so tolerant because it is secular. However this is a shallow interpretation of something very deep and actually very old. The success of multifaith tolerance in Azerbaijan is not due to an absence of religion. Religious life in Azerbaijan is vibrant and visible, with proud congregations and enviable buildings for every religion and faith. Ironically, it’s easy to understand how this majority Muslim, moderately traditional, family-oriented society connects so well with Jewish and Christian neighbors. The permeating values of faith, respect, and kindness surpass any boundaries between the various faiths, and promote inclusivity and mutual appreciation.

Azerbaijan’s interfaith tolerance and harmony applauded in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles-based Beth Jacob Synagogue, which is the largest Orthodox synagogue in the Western U.S., hosted on Jan. 16, 2016 a talk dedicated to Azerbaijan’s exemplary model of multiculturalism and tolerance. At the invitation of the Synagogue, Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev addressed the entire Congregation.

Baku, A Unique Geopolitical Gathering of Dialogue and Peace
Huffington Post

Activist in media and social action in the arts Annette Blum writes: “I found it very interesting that Azerbaijan was the first secular democracy in the Muslim world established in 1918. Additionally, Azerbaijan chose to offer women the right to vote in 1919 despite being surrounded by conservative and in some cases, radical ideologies. This is a year before the United States delivered those essential rights which demonstrates a basic recognition of the vitalness of women in society and leadership.”



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