The Year in Review 2016

 Top Stories of 2016 – Highlights of the last 12 months.

The end of the year is the perfect time to see what some of our most popular articles and look back at the biggest stories and highlights of the last 12 months. 


Azerbaijani Leader Ilham Aliyev’s Participation in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit – U.S. President Barack Obama has invited Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to attend 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C



Azerbaijani Musicologist Aida Huseynova’s New Book “Music of Azerbaijan” Published in America

The premiere of “Dance” by famous Azerbaijani composer Firangiz Alizade has been held in San Francisco





President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.



Secretary Kerry Meets with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan.


President Ilham Aliyev attended a dinner reception hosted by US President



The premiere of the long-awaited “Ali and Nino” film, based on a novel with the same name by an Azerbaijani writer was held in New York, California and Utah



Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony claims to six Emmy Awards



October 18 proclaimed Azerbaijani Independence Day in the U.S. State of Connecticut



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Silk Way West Airlines Launches Direct Flights to Chicago

Azerbaijan Cultural Day in Alberta

Azerbaijani composer Arzu Abbasova has won the 4th MuSE Young Composers Competition held in New York



Baku street may appear in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has voiced intention to name one of the streets in the city after Baku, Trend reported.



US citizens will be able to receive e-visas to Azerbaijan within 3 days



SAPAR Contemporary Gallery in New York Featuring the Original Works of Azerbaijani Artist Faig Ahmed


The US embassy in Azerbaijan launches Interview Waiver Program

America Days Festival in Baku



Parliamentarians ratified an agreement on air traffic between the governments of Azerbaijan and the United States


Five new documentary films on Azerbaijan were produced in the U.S.


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President Aliyev receives delegation led by U.S. State Dept. official

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein in Baku on December 15, Azertac reported.

The Azerbaijan-U.S. relations were hailed at the meeting. The sides noted that the bilateral ties were successfully developing, and expressed confidence that they will further expand. Prospects for energy cooperation were also discussed.

Energy cooperation between the countries is among the areas of top priority. The U.S. has repeatedly expressed its strong diplomatic and political support to the Southern Gas Corridor project, as economically strong and more energy-secure Europe is in the interest of the United States. The project represents an important contribution to global energy security which is critical to sustaining economic growth. The United States sees the importance of the project in this wider context.

The Azerbaijani President earlier hailed U.S. backing of the project during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, saying that it would have needed more time and effort to get the project going without strong U.S. support.

Hochstein earlier called the project a “long-standing priority for the U.S. government”, mentioning that the scalability of the project is one of its major features.

The project will provide Europe with a new source and route of supply for natural gas, which is one of Europe’s main sources of energy.

Azerbaijan’s Energy Minister Natig Aliyev earlier noted the importance of the high-level representation of the United States at the 3rd consultative council of ministers on the SGC project, mentioning that the high level participation of the country will give a strong political support to the project.

After Azerbaijan gained independence in 1991, Washington established diplomatic relations with Baku in 1992. The two countries enjoy a strong strategic partnership founded on shared values and interests. The U.S. is one of the largest investors in Azerbaijan.

The two countries are represented in a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Azerbaijan also is an observer to the Organization of American States and the World Trade Organization and a participant in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Partnership for Peace program.