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.


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



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


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The US Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister discussed the cooperation in defense industry

AZERBAILANUSA FlagsThe US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta and Azerbaijan’s Defense Industry Minister Yavar Jamalov discussed the cooperation in defense industry, the US Embassy in Baku said on Twitter.

Cekuta learned about the Ministry of Defense Industry during the meeting with Minister Jamalov.

The US and Azerbaijan established diplomatic relations in 1992.

The two countries work together to promote the European energy security, expand trade and investment, and combat terrorism and transnational threats.


The US supports energy sector’s development in Azerbaijan

The US and Azerbaijan continue to develop cooperation in all the areas, US Ambassador Robert Cekuta said in Baku July 1 at a reception on the occasion of the US Independence Day.

The US supports energy sector’s development in Azerbaijan, the ambassador said, adding his country appreciates Azerbaijan’s participation in the peacekeeping missions in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

The diplomat noted that the US highly appreciates the multicultural history of Azerbaijan and is building strong relations with the country in all the spheres.

The ambassador also spoke about the establishment of the US, noting that in 2016 the US celebrates not only the 240th anniversary of independence, but also the 25th anniversary of establishment of relations with Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani Finance Minister Samir Sharifov, who also addressed the event, expressed hope that the US, as an OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing country, will double efforts to settle the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Cooperation between the US and Azerbaijan has reached a strategic level,” the minister said. “We appreciate active continuation of the political dialogue between the sides. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishment of relations between the parties. Development of economic relations between our countries is a priority. Cooperation in the energy sector is also a priority.”

Sharifov added that Azerbaijan is ready to further cooperate with the US in the fight against terrorism.