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 Ilham Aliyev congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his election

His Excellency Mr. Donald Trump, President-elect of the United States of America

Dear Mr. Trump,

I cordially congratulate you on your election as President of the United States of America. Your victory in the election testifies to the friendly American people`s confidence in and support for you.

I hope that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and the U.S. will continue to develop successfully. The history of relations between our countries spans 25 years. Over this time our ties of friendship and cooperation have reached a high level. We are actively cooperating in political, economic, energy, security areas, including global anti-terror war and NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.

For many years, Azerbaijan has suffered from the aggressive policy of Armenia. Twenty per cent of our territories are under the occupation, and more than one million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced.

Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity was recognized by the entire world community and international organizations. Armenia ignores the UN Security Council`s four resolutions demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan. Our firm position is that the UN Security Council`s four resolutions as well as decisions and resolutions of the UN General Assembly, OSCE, Council of Europe, NATO, European Parliament, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement and other international organizations must be implemented. The conflict must be solved in compliance with international law and within Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity.

It is my hope that under your leadership the U.S., as co-chair of the Minsk Group, will contribute to a fair settlement of this conflict in accordance with the norms of international law, and within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

Once again, I extend my sincere congratulations to you, and wish you good health, happiness and success in your activities for the prosperity of the people of the U.S.


Ilham Aliyev

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan