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President Aliyev concludes a successful and productive visit to Washington
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev participated in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 - April 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In his remarks at the Summit President Aliyev touched upon Azerbaijan’s contribution to strengthening of global nuclear security, including measures to prevent possible use of Azerbaijan’s territory for illicit nuclear materials trafficking. Expressing Azerbaijan’s commitment to further efforts to enhance nuclear security and non-proliferation regime, President Aliyev underlined “full support to President Obama’s activities and efforts to strengthen global nuclear security”.
President Aliyev attends a dinner at the White House
A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the United States of America Barack Obama in the White House for the heads of state and government attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the reception.
Azerbaijani president participates in 4th Nuclear Security Summit
The Nuclear Security Summit Opening Plenary: National Actions to Enhance Nuclear Security, kicked off in Washington, D.C. on April 1. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, along with heads of other states participated in the session. The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) was taking place between March 31 and April 1 in Washington D.C.
Barack Obama: "Azerbaijan is a critical partner against nuclear smuggling"
President of the United States of America Barack Obama called Azerbaijan a "critical partner" against the
threat of nuclear smuggling and terrorism at a press conference on the results of the Nuclear Security Summit.
President Ilham Aliyev met with US Vice President Joe Biden
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Joe Biden said they attached great importance to meetings with President Ilham Aliyev, adding that these meetings contribute to expanding Azerbaijan-US cooperation and elevating relations to a new level. He said the USA resolutely supports Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity and sovereignty, adding that this is of great importance for the United States.
Remarks of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says: “We have a lot of mutual interests that we are currently working on. We’re very grateful to Azerbaijan’s contributions to peacekeeping, their efforts in Afghanistan. Obviously, Azerbaijan is located in a complex region right now and I think President Aliyev has been very studious and thoughtful about how to respond to some of those needs, particularly with his leadership on the Southern Gas Corridor. This is a very important step with respect to Europe’s long-term strategic interests, and frankly, to try to diversify the sourcing of energy, which is important. We obviously share other interests in counterterrorism. We want to see an ultimate resolution of the frozen conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh that needs to be a negotiated settlement and something that has to be worked on over time.”
Secretary Kerry's Meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
U.S. Department of State
The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Secretary Kerry commended Azerbaijan’s role in European energy security as a leader in developing the Southern Gas Corridor. He expressed U.S. support for Azerbaijan’s efforts to become a regional trade hub. Secretary Kerry also thanked President Aliyev for Azerbaijan’s contributions to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, its support for peacekeeping operations, and its important counterterrorism role. On democracy and human rights issues, Secretary Kerry welcomed Azerbaijan’s recent positive steps and urged further progress. The two also discussed efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Secretary Kerry affirmed U.S. support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and underscored our concern about violence along the Line of Contact and the international border. He emphasized our commitment to working with the sides to reach a comprehensive settlement based on the principles of international law, the UN Charter, and the Helsinki Final Act.”
President Ilham Aliyev met with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with the United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. They discussed ongoing economic processes in Azerbaijan, measures taken in the country to prevent and eliminate unemployment, the role of customs and tax reforms in developing the national economy, as well as prospects for cooperation in the field of agriculture, and ways of expanding trade relations. The importance of the Southern Gas Corridor project was hailed at the meeting.
President of Azerbaijan met with U.S. Congressmen
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with a group of congressmen of the United States of America in Washington, D.C. The sides noted successful development of Azerbaijani-US relations in a number of areas, particularly politics, economy, energy, defense, and security.
President Ilham Aliyev met with heads of American Jewish organizations
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with heads of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, National Coalition Supporting Soviet Jewry and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The sides noted that such meetings had already become traditional, opened good opportunities for conducting a mutual exchange of views and contributed to the strengthening of cooperation.
President Ilham Aliyev met with Chairman and President of Export-Import Bank of the United States
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Chairman and President of Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred P. Hochberg. They discussed the expansion of relations between Azerbaijan and Ex-Im Bank, and stressed the importance of studying the prospects for cooperation in various fields.
President Ilham Aliyev met with Vice Chairman of General Electric
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with vice chairman of General Electric John G. Rice in Washington. John Rice commended his company`s participation in several projects in Azerbaijan. The Vice Chairman said GE was involved in Azerbaijan`s oil and gas pipelines system, saying they also established cooperation in the field of oil extraction. President Ilham Aliyev hailed General Electric`s activity in various fields of Azerbaijan`s economy. The head of state spoke about work to modernize the Azerbaijani economy, implement infrastructure projects and improve business environment.
President Ilham Aliyev met with US public figures
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with public figures of the United States - President of Armitage International Richard L. Armitage and president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace William J. Burns.
President Aliyev met former governor of US State of New Hampshire
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with former Governor of the State of New Hampshire, the US, and White House Former Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush, John Sununu.
President Aliyev met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon. The successful development of Azerbaijani-US bilateral relations in various fields was stressed during the meeting.
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.