Azerbaijan was presented at the famous Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

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Azerbaijan presented at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

Provocative and aggressive actions by the Armenian lobby fail to disrupt Azerbaijan’s presentation.

Azerbaijan’s tourism potential was presented at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show held on February 18-19, 2017. Attended by over 30,000 visitors, the Show is the largest travel event in the United States.

Sponsored and organized by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, the Azerbaijan booth, titled “Azerbaijan: Everlasting Heritage, Inspirational Harmony,” offered the attendees substantial information about Azerbaijan, its ancient history and culture, steady development as an independent nation as well as its rich tourism potential. Various video clips showcasing Azerbaijan’s natural beauties, landscapes, unique history, cultural diversity and architecture were demonstrated in the booth. Colorful national costumes of Azerbaijan demonstrated in the booth received much acclaim.

The Azerbaijan booth also presented Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region and informed the Show visitors about this historical part of the country. The banner ”Karabakh: Crown Jewel of Azerbaijan”, featured in the booth, attracted much attention of the Show visitors. Showcasing picturesque nature of Karabakh, the banner also features Karabakh’s history, its historical Azerbaijani monuments, such as the Shusha Walls, Govharagha Mosque, Ganjasar Albanian Monastery, as well as the Karabakh carpets, the Mugham music school, the Karabakh horses and cuisine. A booklet, which includes information on all these features of Karabakh, published by the Consulate General, was distributed in the booth. The brochure also highlights the current situation in Karabakh, which has been under illegal military occupation by Armenia since over 24 years. Referring to a travel warning by the U.S. State Department, the brochure cautions Americans to avoid any travel to this region.

Alarmed by Azerbaijan’s presentation at the Show, California’s Armenian lobby tried its best, through various provocative and aggressive actions, to disrupt the work of the Azerbaijan booth. However the lobby once again miserably failed.

The presentation of Azerbaijan at the largest travel show in the U.S. became another success story.

US delegation visits Central Medical Department of Defense Ministry

Chief of the Central Medical Department of the Ministry of Defense Natig Aliyev has met with a delegation led by representative of the United States European Command William Sumner.

They discussed the projects implemented in the field of military medicine, programs for prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, responsive measures in light of the accidents involving hazardous substances and preparedness for natural disasters.

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U.S. co-chair: OSCE MG committed to contributing to Karabakh peace talks

U.S. co-chair: OSCE MG committed to contributing to Karabakh peace talks.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs remain committed to contributing to the negotiations aimed at achieving a lasting resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on the principles of international law, the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act.

U.S. co-chair of the OSCE MG Richard Hoagland made the remark while talking to Armenian media on January 25.

“We will continue our mediation efforts in the peace process as long as the parties believe that our efforts produce results,” the US co-chair said.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acts as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, it failed to make any move to achieve a breakthrough in the peace process so far.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan’s territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.

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High-level American delegation to visit Baku

High-level American delegation to visit Baku.

The U.S. will be represented at a high level at the 3rd meeting of the Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) to be held in Baku on February 23, the embassy in Baku told Trend on January 26.

The embassy didn’t reveal names and positions of those , who will attend the meeting.

The SGC Advisory Council held its first meeting on February 12, 2015, and the second meeting on February 29, 2016.

Earlier the Energy Ministry of Azerbaijan said that the list of the meeting’s participants has been determined, invitations for participation in the meeting have been sent to energy ministers of countries involved in the Southern Gas Corridor that include Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, Balkan countries, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic, heads of international financial institutions and representatives of other interested parties.

The Southern Gas Corridor envisages transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region to Europe via Georgia and Turkey.

The gas will be exported through expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline and the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

The first gas supplies through the corridor to Georgia and Turkey are given a target date of late 2018. Gas deliveries to Europe are expected just over a year after the first gas is produced offshore in Azerbaijan.

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Famous Azerbaijani pianist Nargiz Aliyarova will perform in USA

Famous Azerbaijani pianist Nargiz Aliyarova will perform in New York.

Nargiz Aliyarova is a famous pianist, professor at the Baku Music Academy, the honored artist of Azerbaijan, Ph.D., and the winner of the international competition.

An evening of music 

Nargiz Aliyarova, piano

Guest Artist Thomas Mesa, Cello

(in partnership with Sphinx Global Scholars program)

at the DiMenna Center’s beautiful Benzaquen Hall on February 18th, at 7 pm.

The program will feature beloved classics and some unusual repertoire, presented by pianist Nargiz Aliyarova in partnership with Thomas Mesa, a Sphinx artist.  

J.Haydn      Sonata F Major  

F.Chopin    Nocturne C# minor Waltz C#-minor 

F.Liszt        Sonata-Fantasy Apres une lecture de Dante 

K.Karayev  The Most Beautiful One and Waltz from “7 Beauties” 

F.Alizadeh  Music for Piano 

C.Debussy  Clair de Lun 

S. Rachmaninoff  Elegy 

E.Lecuona  Malaguena 

J.Brahms Sonata for Cello and Piano E Minor (3rd movement) 

J.Haydn Concerto for cello C Major (3rd movement) 

Baker McKenzie Joins U.S. – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC)

Baker McKenzie Joins U.S. – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC)

Baker McKenzie, founded as Baker & McKenzie in 1949, is a multinational law firm. As of August 2016, it is ranked as the second-largest international law firm in the world by headcount with 12,100 employees including 6,100 fee earners and 4,600 lawyers on a full-time equivalent basis in 77 offices across 47 countries. It is also ranked as the second-largest law firm in the world in terms of revenue with US$2.62 billion in annual revenue in FY2016. In December 2016 and as part of a major new re-brand, Baker & McKenzie dropped the ‘&’ from its name to become Baker McKenzie.

Baker McKenzie’s Azerbaijan lawyers advise clients on some of the most innovative, complex matters in the Caucasus region, including creation of the country’s first Euro-Commercial Paper Program for leading commercial bank Mughanbank and the International Bank of Azerbaijan’s US$500 million Eurobond offering — the largest Eurobond issuance in the history of the Azerbaijani banking system.

The quality of Baker McKenzie’s work is reflected in the number of leading multinationals and financial institutions that seek the firm’s advice and the recognition it receives within the legal industry. Consistently top-ranked by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000, Baker McKenzie have particular expertise in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Compliance, Dispute Resolution, Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, and Intellectual Property.

As the first international law firm in Azerbaijan, Baker McKenzie advises major domestic companies and inbound foreign investors on all aspects of their operations. No matter the legal or business challenge, Baker McKenzie leverages its global footprint to offer clients comprehensive cross-border advice.

U.S. Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC)

Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov remembered in Los Angeles

Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles hosted on January 13, 2017 an event dedicated to famous Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov (1922-84). Members of the “Save a Heart” Foundation of the world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles attended the event.

Opening the event, Azerbaijan’s Consul General Nasimi Aghayev informed the guests about the composer’s life and immortal works. Aghayev noted that with his music Amirov enriched not only the Azerbaijani music, but also made tremendous contributions to the world music earning much international recognition. The Consul General mentioned that at the invitation of the U.S. State Department an exclusive group of just four Soviet composers, led by Dmitri Shostakovich, travelled to the U.S. in 1959. Stressing the fact that one of these composers representing the entire Soviet classical music was Amirov, the Consul General said that this was illustrative of the importance attached to the great composer’s music. Aghayev mentioned that as part of the tour, the delegation also visited California. Noting that Amirov’s music found much recognition and admiration in the U.S. as well, the Consul General said that his works were performed by symphonic orchestras of New York, Philadelphia and Houston under the leadership of Leopold Stokowski, one of the leading conductors of the 20th century. Aghayev also mentioned that the World Champion Ice Skater from the U.S. Michelle Kwan used Fikret Amirov’s symphonic mugham “Gulustan Bayati-Shiraz” in her skating program “Taj Mahal” in 1997.

Speaking afterwards, the president of the “Save a Heart” Foundation Dr Yzhar Charuzi and the member of the Foundation Esphir Blaugrund expressed appreciation for Amirov’s music and thanked the Consulate General for the opportunity to get to know the whole richness of the Azerbaijani music and culture more and more though joint events.

Then Amirov’s “1001 Nights” ballet was screened. The ballet was received by the audience with much applause and admiration.

 

Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tragedy of “Black January” in Washington, DC

Commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tragedy of “Black January” in Washington, DC

The Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United State will hold a commemorative event on Monday, January 23, 2017.

In the early morning hours and into the day of January 20, 1990 the Soviet troops invaded Azerbaijan’s capital Baku and attacked innocent civilians slaughtering 133 people and wounding around 700. The use of force by the Soviet regime was a response to Azerbaijan’s popular demand for independence.  Despite the bloodshed, the Soviet leadership was unable to stop the quest for freedom of the Azerbaijani people who continued to stand for regaining their independence.  This resulted in declaration of Azerbaijan’s independence on October 18, 1991.

Every January, the people of Azerbaijan pay tribute to their fellow citizens who were killed in the brutal agony of the last days of the Soviet Empire.

Reservation required: please email to rsvp@azembassy.us 

Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington, D.C.

 

 

“Leyli and Majnun” opera presented in New York, NY

“Leyli and Majnun” opera by famous composer Uzeyir Hajibayli was presented in New York, US.

The Mark Morris Dance Group’s new collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble featured legendary mugham vocalist Alim Qasimov and his daughter Fargana Qasimova.

All pieces in this medley are based on the melodic patterns of Bayati Shiraz, which is one of the major mughams of Azerbaijani music. The medley opened with the famous Azerbaijani folk song. The second part of this composition featured the actual mugham Bayati Shiraz where both singers and instrumentalists demonstrated their ability to improvise.

Alim Qasimov, occupies a unique and honorable place in Azerbaijan’s national music history. Qasimov is revered as a National Treasure of Azerbaijan, and he also has enjoyed substantial acclaim abroad.

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Sister-city relationship between Lankaran, Azerbaijan and Monterey, California

montereyazerbaijanThe City of Monterey in California has enjoyed a robust sister-city relationship with the City of Lankaran in Azerbaijan since 2011. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the partnership. In order to discuss the opportunities for further expansion of this friendship, the Economic and Cultural Affairs officer of Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles Ramin Aliyev visited Monterey on December 26-28, at the invitation of the City of Monterey.

During the visit, Ramin Aliyev met with Mayor of Monterey Clyde Roberson, City Councilmember Alan Haffa, former City Councilmember and co-founder of Monterey-Lankaran relationship Nancy Selfridge, Agricultural Commissioner Eric Lauritzen, Salinas City Councilmember Steve McShane, Old Monterey Business Association Executive Director Rick Johnson, Cannery Row Company, Executive Director Mike Zimmerman, Monterey Bay Technologies, Inc. CEO Yavuz Atila, and Monterey Symphony President Lee E. Rosen.

Aliyev also met with Farkhad Khudyev, member of the local Azerbaijani community, who has held since 2012 the position of music director and conductor of the Monterey County Youth Orchestra.

At the invitation of the influential Kiwanis Club of Monterey, Ramin Aliyev also addressed the Club members with a presentation titled “Azerbaijan: Land of Hope, Tolerance and Inspiration”. In his presentation, Aliyev spoke about Azerbaijan’s rich history and culture, well-entrenched traditions of interfaith tolerance and multiculturalism, its steady development as an independent nation since 1991, as well as economic and other reforms currently undertaken by the government to continue the country’s modernization. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session.

The Consulate General is looking forward to materializing the ideas discussed during the visit in order to further strengthen the mutually beneficial
relationship with Monterey.

Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles