U.S. Nominates New Ambassador to Azerbaijan
The September 2018 edition of the Embassy’s digest features news about the newly nominated U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, the country’s 100 th celebration of the liberation of Baku from Bolshevik forces, U.S. support for an Azerbaijan-to-Europe pipeline, calls for a just resolution of the Karabakh conflict and a touching feature on Azerbaijan’s national judo team coach -- a gold medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics -- as Baku prepares to host the World Judo Championships.

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Sept. 8, 2018

President Donald Trump has nominated Earle D. Litzenberger, a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer who has served at NATO and in Serbia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, as the new U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Litzenberger speaks French, Russian, Serbian and Bulgarian.
Sept. 14, 2018

The U.S. supports the construction of a gas pipeline providing for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas from the Shah Deniz field to Europe, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said at a briefing on a trip to Russia on September 13.
Sept. 12, 2018

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline, which will take Azerbaijani gas to Europe and will help meet Italy’s energy needs, will be completed on time, said Vitaliy Baylarbayov, SOCAR’s deputy vice president for investments and marketing, during an Atlantic Council webcast in Washington D.C., eliminating the need for any Plan B.
Sept. 5, 2018

Azerbaijan has earned more than $135 billion in oil and gas revenue from the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) fields since 2001, according to the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan. Thirteen companies from eight countries -- Azerbaijan, the U.S., Great Britain, Russia, Turkey, Norway, Japan, and Saudi Arabia – work together in the fields.

Sept. 12, 2018

Azerbaijan is ready for substantive and intensive negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a meeting with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger. The illegal presence of the Armenian armed forces in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan remains a primary threat to regional peace and security, said Mammadyarov.
Sept. 16, 2018

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan officiated over a joint Azerbaijani-Turkish military parade in Baku’s Freedom Square, where thousands of service members marched to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of Baku’s liberation from Bolshevik and Dashnak forces in 1918.

Watch the highlights of the parade: 

Sept. 10, 2018

The U.S. has invested more than $13 billion in Azerbaijan's economy, of which more than $1 billion has been invested in the country's non-oil sector, the Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev said at a meeting with Brian McFeeters, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.
Sept. 2, 2018

There are more than 400 mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan, more than anywhere else in the world. Pockets of subterranean gas force their way to the surface, belching out methane and a muddy mix of water and oil.
June 26, 2018

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics, the 2018 Global Youth Leadership Forum comes to Baku, Azerbaijan from Sept. 24-28. Some 120 youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities from 45 countries will gather in Baku. The Forum will see these young leaders and an additional 100 adult leaders from around the world develop group projects to create more inclusive communities in their home countries. 
Sept. 5, 2018

Baku will host the World Judo Championship beginning on September 20, which will see male and female judo athletes from 133 countries participate. The Judo World Championships and the Olympic judo competition are the world’s top two judo events. Watch the video above to see the story of Azerbaijan’s national coach, who won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Sept. 5, 2018

The festival, featuring filmmakers under the age of 35, is open to Azerbaijani and foreign directors alike. Films cannot exceed 35 minutes in length. The competition will also feature an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch upcoming projects to investors.
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