Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and the U.S. Secretary of State had an exchange of congratulatory letters on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries

elmarmamediyarovForeign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and the U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson had an exchange of congratulatory letters on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In the letter addressed to the U.S. Secretary of State Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stated that throughout the past 25 years the relations between our two nations has transformed into strategic partnership with a distinct peculiarity devoted to development of our collaboration in political, economic and security areas.

Minister mentioned that nowadays, Azerbaijan closely cooperates with the United States on energy issues by contributing to energy security and energy diversification in Europe. Noting the successful cooperation of the two countries on counterterrorism and non-proliferation issues, Foreign Minister also added that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries that provided multifaceted support for the United States operations in Afghanistan.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijan relies on honest mediation of the United States on the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict and reiterated that the conflict must be resolved by peaceful means on the basis of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

In his letter addressed to Elmar Mammadyarov the U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson stated that the United States has worked closely with Azerbaijan on energy. He also mentioned that the United States supports Azerbaijan’s efforts to diversify its economy and increase its economic opportunity.

Secretary of State noted that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to offer support after 9/11. He also added that the United States remains committed to facilitating a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Rex W. Tillerson congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on behalf of the American people for 25 years of friendship and cooperation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan


Azerbaijan’s Folk Dances and Traditions in Alaska, USA

Laman Hendricks – Azerbaijani dancer and her tireless effort to promote Azerbaijani national dances and traditions in USA.

Laman Hendricks is an Azerbaijani dancer, choreographer and teacher of Azerbaijani, Georgian and other dance styles, currently living in USA. She also coaches rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics.

Laman Hendricks frequently performs beautiful dances of Azerbaijan and Georgia in various local and international cultural events, festivals and other community festivities where she also promotes the culture, history and traditions of Azerbaijan. She also promotes Azerbaijani culture when she visits middle and high schools where she performs and informs students about Azerbaijan’s history, rich musical and cultural heritage.

Laman was born in Ganja, Azerbaijan where she started classical ballet training at age three.  At age 11 she moved to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Along with gymnastics and classical ballet she studied the national dances of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, India, and many more. In 2012 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she founded Danced of Caucasus.



Laman continued her tireless, valiant effort to promote Azerbaijani national dances in Alaska, USA.

Past Performances:

2016 Fundraising for DeeDee Ann Jonrowe

2016 Fundraising for CRAFT Russian Organization

2016 STAR Fundraising

2016 Bridge Builders Fundraising

2017 Beyond Borders Storytelling

2017 Anchorage Senior Center Performance

2017 Martin Luther King Junior Performance

2017 Chugiak High School Concert for Seniors

2017 Bridge Builders International Day Celebration Performance

2017 Various school performances, lectures, and teaching the Koceri Azerbaijani line dance to students.

2017 Anchorage School District Russian Olympiad

2017 Persian Event by Simourgh  

2017 Sisters Cities Food and Arts Gala





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The Governor of the State of Nebraska has signed a proclamation on Azerbaijan National Day

The Governor of the State of Nebraska, the U.S., Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation on Azerbaijan National Day.

The proclamation reads: “On May 28, 1918, Azerbaijan declared its independence establishing the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which became the first secular parliamentary democracy in the Muslim world and was recognized by other democratic states, including the United States of America. During the short period of independence Azerbaijan granted all people the right to vote regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and religion, becoming the first Muslim nation to grant women equal political rights with men, an accomplishment preceding the United States.”

“Azerbaijan’s independence was interrupted in 1920, when it invaded by Bolshevists and forcefully incorporated into the USSR in 1922 to restore its independence only in 1991.”

Over the last two decades the Republic of Azerbaijan has consolidated its sovereignty and independence and has become a staunch ally and strategic partner of the United States of America in the critically important Caspian region, the document reads.

“Every year for the last 99 years, millions of Azerbaijanis around the globe, including tens of thousands in the United States of America observe May 28th as Azerbaijan National Day and remember the contribution of their forefathers to the spread of democracy to the regions of Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East,” the proclamation says.

The proclamation was also signed by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale.


State of Nebraska Proclamation May 28

Azerbaijan is in a strategic partnership with the US

Azerbaijan is in a strategic partnership with the US, said Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the US, in an interview posted on the website.

“We’re allies in many ways. We have common goals, common visions,” the envoy said, adding he believes that focusing on small irregularities is a mistake.

Suleymanov, speaking of Azerbaijan’s history and culture, noted that geography plays a key role in understanding the country.

He said Azerbaijan is a bridge connecting cultures as it borders Russia, Iran, Turkey, Middle East.

Influence of different cultures provides for a very secular, very modern and extremely diverse and inclusive society, according to him.

The diplomat noted that Azerbaijan has an excellent relationship with the neighbors, excluding Armenia.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, the relationship between Azerbaijan and Armenia is non-existent. I am hoping that we will see an improvement in this area. But, of course, that conflict needs to be resolved.”

Speaking about development of the oil industry in Azerbaijan, the envoy noted that oil helped to make the country’s capital Baku a cosmopolitan international city and Azerbaijan invests in infrastructure development.

He said Azerbaijan is considered to be among the best countries for investments by the World Bank.

The country’s economy grew enormously and the GDP growth in 2008-2009 was the fastest in the world, which is certainly energy related, the envoy said, adding energy resources cannot solve everything and it is necessary to invest in infrastructure.

Suleymanov noted that the oil price falling decreased Azerbaijani revenue significantly.

“At the same time, I think, overall, we managed to maintain normalcy, the social payments, maintain the salaries. People are understanding that there is a difficulty but it is difficult to relate it to the global shocks.”

The envoy further noted that people’s attempts to impose their own vision of what democracy should look like are a mistake, he said, adding that democracy is different everywhere.

“I would say Azerbaijan is an emerging democracy, but it’s a democracy which takes into account its own pace of development. It focuses on the building blocks of democracy. I would even say civil society,” Suleymanov said.

Inclusiveness, diversity, and respect for women, respect for minorities – those are important factors and without that there can be no democracy, he added.


US Secretary of State congratulates Azerbaijani people on Nowruz holiday

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson congratulated Azerbaijani people on the occasion of Nowruz, official site of State Department reported.

“I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year.

Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and many other peoples of South and Central Asia and the Persian Gulf celebrate this time of the year with their families and friends. Today, many Americans will join in this celebration, sharing with a new generation the cherished traditions of their ancestors.

Nowruz is a time to look toward the coming year with hope and optimism. We look forward to celebrating this new spring together, and hope that this Nowruz brings peace and prosperity to all.”

Novruz Celebrations in USA and Canada 2017


Azerbaijani Novruz Bayrami in Edmonton, Canada – Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Edmonton (AzCSE) and Azerbaijani Cultural Student Association at U of A (AzCSA) are going to hold the 10th Annual Azerbaijani Novruz Bayrami on March 18, 2017.  More Info


Novruz Festival 2017 Hosted by Azerbaijanian American Cultural Alliance , Texas . March 18 – More Info


Azerbaijan Association of New York – March 19 – Annual Novruz Celebration at Baku Palace Restaurant. More Info


Azerbaijani Novruz Concert In California – March 18 – Hosted by Azerbaijan Cultural Society of Northern California. More Info


Toronto, Canada – Azerbaijani Monthly Dance Workshop (Novruz potluck party) – Hosted by Azerbaijani Dance Class in Toronto. March 24 – More Info


Azerbaijani Novruz Celebration in Toronto, Canada – March 18  – . More Info


Novruz Celebration in Montreal, Canada – March 25 – Hosted by Savalan Cultural Group  – More Info



Novruz 2017



More Novruz Celebrations:

Washington, DC – Haft-Seen Norooz Party at SAX  -March 18 – More Info

New York, NY – Googoosh in New York City – March 18 – More Info

West Hollywood, California – 17th Annual Norouz Mega Bash  – More Info

Las Vegas, Nevada – Nowruz Celebration in Las Vegas – March 18 – More Info

Los Angeles, California – Grand Nowruz Celebration in Los Angeles – March 17 – More Info

Boston, MA – Nowruz 2017: The Persian New Year Festival – Museum of Fine Arts Boston March 18  – More Info

Chicago, ILThe 8th Annual Chicago Nowruz Parade & Festival  Food, Music, Dance and Celebration of a New Season – March 25 – More Info

Chicago, IL – Nowrouz’s Eve Party at Tunnel Nightclub – March 19 – More Info

Chicago, IL – Nowruz Celebration, dinner & Live music – March 25 – More Info

Boston, MA Nowruz Celebration Event at Sheraton Boston-March 25thMore Info







Postage stamp dedicated to 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan-U.S. diplomatic relations issued in Los Angeles

A commemorative postage stamp dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the United States of America has been issued in Los Angeles.

The issuance of the postage stamp has been made possible with the support of Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles.

The United States Postal Service-approved postage stamps, which are usable and valid on the territory of the entire U.S., contain the following texts: “Azerbaijan-United States. 25 Years of Friendship. 1992-2017”, and reflect the national flags of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United States of America.

The Consulate General plans to widely distribute the postage stamp in the United States.

Azerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasli  will give a concert in San Francisco

pianoAzerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasli  will give a concert in San Francisco, the USA, in June, Azertac reported.

Novrasli is an eclectic musician, who – like compatriot pianists Vagif Mustafazade and Aziza Mustafazade – has built a reputation beyond his homeland for a tumultuous fusion of American jazz and the Azerbaijani mugham.

His music combines two great cultures from the East and the West.

Shahin’s rare talent emerged from Azerbaijan’s various compositional influences as well as its unusual and rich musical heritage. At only eleven years old, he performed with the local Symphony Orchestra at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall.

Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, among which he combines eastern and western cultures.

Acclaimed musician has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Black Sea Jazz Festival, Prague’s Mezinarodni Piano Festival and numerous clubs and festivals throughout the United States.

With a solo project, a trio with Ari Hoenig and Nathan Peck, countless collaborations with notably Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy and Tim Garland, to name a few, Shahin is today an icon for Azerbaijan Jazz and has received enthusiastic comments from worldwide critics and audiences.


United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce has successfully concluded its annual conference in Washington

Washington, DC

United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) has successfully concluded its annual conference with a high-level formal reception organized in partnership with Embassy of Azerbaijan at the historic Willard InterContinental hotel. The reception was dedicated to the celebration of 25th anniversary of United States-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations.

The high-level reception was very well-attended and featured over 220 distinguished guests, including 17 ambassadors. Some attendees from the American side included Congressman Steve CohenCongressman Henry Cuellar, U.S. Ambassador Robert Cekuta, high-ranking officials from the White House and the National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Energy, ExIm Bank, OPIC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other government officials, top business executives, heads of international organizations and diplomatic corps. Azerbaijani side was represented by Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan Ministry of EconomySOCAR,SOFAZ, Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communications, State Committee for Property Issue and other delegates.

The reception formally started with remarks from Amb. Elin Suleymanov, who recognized the myriad of high-level guests in attendance. He touched upon Azerbaijan’s willingness in moving cooperation forward and the importance of maintaining bilateral relations based on mutual interest and respect. Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of State Bridget Brink acknowledged that Azerbaijan was amongst the first countries to support the United States immediately after 9/11 attack. She then stressed the importance of energy security and reiterated the support of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Southern Gas Corridor. Ambassador Robert Cekuta also congratulated the guests and highlighted the importance of expanding bilateral relations in all spheres, including trade and business.

Other keynote speakers of the evening were Governor John Sununu and Congressman Steve Cohen.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of ten USACC Appreciation Awards to dignitaries, politicians and companies for their continuous contribution to the United States – Azerbaijan diplomatic, trade and business relations over the past 25 years. Recipients were:

1)    Congressman Steve Cohen for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
2)    Ambassador Robert Cekuta for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
3)    Ambassador Elin Suleymanov for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
4)    Amos Hochstein for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
5)    Governnor John Sununu for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
6)    Boeing for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
7)    BP for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
8)    Chevron for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
9)    PASHA Bank for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
10)  SOCAR for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade

Awardees also received newly minted Azerbaijani stamps for the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, especially prepared and delivered by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Transportation, Communications and High Technologies.

Source: USACC

The Governor of the U.S. State of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, signed a document remembering the Khojaly Tragedy of Azerbaijan

The Governor of the U.S. State of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, signed a document remembering the Khojaly Tragedy of Azerbaijan. The document was sent to Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles, which also covers the State of Nevada.
The Khojaly Tragedy refers to the massacre committed by Armenia’s army against Azerbaijani civilians on Feb. 25-26, 1992 fleeing the town of Khojaly in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region. The mass killing, called by the Human Rights Watch the “largest massacre in the conflict” between Armenia and Azerbaijan, resulted in the murder of over 600 Azerbaijani civilians, including around 250 children, women and the elderly.
Stating that this document is presented in honor of the Khojaly Remembrance Day and in memory of the victims of the Khojaly tragedy, the Governor says: “The State of Nevada joins you on this day of remembrance, and recognizes the need for understanding, communication and tolerance among people around the world.”
This is the first official document signed by a Nevada Governor on the Khojaly Tragedy.