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.”

Today.az

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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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.

Today.az

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.

AzerNews

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.

AzerTac

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.

AzerTAc

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.

AzerNews

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.

AzerNews